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Orioles' Tom Eshelman: Signs minor-league deal
Eshelman signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Eshelman became a free agent in early December after declining an outright assignment from the Orioles, but he'll now return to the club on a minor-league deal. The right-hander will likely get the chance to compete at major-league spring training after posting a 5.22 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 70.2 innings across the past two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Trey Mancini: Comes to terms with O's
Mancini agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million deal with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
He missed the entire 2020 season after being diagnosed with colon cancer, but it was reported in November that his bloodwork showed no tumor DNA, putting him on track for a return to full baseball activities this spring. This agreement with Baltimore is another sign that the team believes in his recovery and availability for the upcoming season.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Maikol Hernandez: Gets seven figures from O's
Hernandez agreed to a $1.2 million deal with the Orioles on Friday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
A 6-foot-4, 175-pound shortstop from Venezuela, Hernandez has a chance to grow into impact power as he matures. He is not a plus runner, and the expectation is that he may eventually outgrow shortstop and end up at third base, where he could still add a lot of defensive value. If he hits, he could be a middle-of-the-order run producer in time.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Nick Ciuffo: Joins Orioles on minors deal
Ciuffo signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Monday, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Ciuffo was part of the Rangers' player pool in 2020 but never joined the 40-man roster. He's received 50 career plate appearances at the big-league level, all for the Rays, hitting a poor .186/.250/.279. He'll presumably fill an organizational depth role this season.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Fernando Abad: Inks minor-league deal
Abad signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Abad drew interest from the Orioles last winter, but he ultimately signed with the Nationals and failed to appear in the majors while working with Washington and the Yankees. The 34-year-old made 21 relief appearances for the Giants in 2019, posting a 4.15 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over 13.0 innings.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Chris Davis: Will have to earn at-bats
Davis (kneecap) isn't guaranteed a role next season and will have to earn his at-bats, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Davis' performance hit yet another low in 2020, as he hit a miserable .115/.164/.173. That came in a small sample of just 55 plate appearances, however, as he battled knee issues for most of the campaign. The Orioles seem to be treating Davis' big contract (which still has two years left to run) as fully a sunk cost at this point and will prefer to give the majority of the playing time at first base and designated hitter to younger options. Davis already had hardly any value even in deep fantasy formats when he had a guaranteed role, so he can be almost completely written off as he falls down the depth chart.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Tyler Wells: Snagged by O's
The Orioles selected Wells with the 17th pick of the Rule 5 draft.
Wells underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2019, so he should be fully healthy at this point. The 26-year-old righty logged a 1.65 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 32.2 innings at Double-A back in 2018. Baltimore will likely deploy the former Twin as a low-leverage reliever.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Mac Sceroler: Scooped by Baltimore
The Orioles selected Sceroler with the fifth pick of the Rule 5 draft.
The 25-year-old righty most recently logged a 3.69 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 117 innings at High-A in 2019 as a member of the Reds organization. He could get stretched out this spring and will most likely work as a swingman or long reliever in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Ashton Goudeau: Lands in Baltimore
The Orioles claimed Goudeau off waivers from the Pirates on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Goudeau is moving on to his third organization of the offseason after the Pirates previously claimed him off waivers from the Rockies. The 28-year-old will be vying for an Opening Day bullpen role with the Orioles in 2021, but he'll likely be limited to lower-leverage work if he breaks camp with the big club.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Austin Wynns: Cast off 40-man roster
The Orioles outrighted Wynns off their 40-man roster Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
None of MLB's other 29 teams put in a claim for Wynns after he was exposed to waivers, so he'll remain in the Orioles organization as a non-roster player for the time being. The soon-to-be 30-year-old catcher has seen scant action at the big-league level, appearing in 60 career games while slashing .239/.271/.339 in 192 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Conner Greene: Latches on with Baltimore
Greene agreed with the Orioles on a minor-league contract last week, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Greene moves on to his fourth organization after stints in the Blue Jays', Cardinals' and Royals' minor-league systems. He'll likely be given the chance to compete for a rotation spot with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Garrett Stallings: Shipped to Baltimore
Stallings was traded from the Angels to the Orioles on Wednesday along with Jean Pinto in exchange for Jose Iglesias.
Stallings was selected by the Angels in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, but he has yet to throw a pitch in a pro game, as he sat out after signing and then spent this past summer at the Angels' alternate training site. He logged a 3.33 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 102.2 innings as a junior at Tennessee.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jean Pinto: Shipped to Baltimore
Pinto was traded from the Angels to the Orioles along with Garrett Stallings in exchange for Jose Iglesias on Wednesday.
The Orioles have gone back to the well, acquiring multiple low-level Angels prospects for a big leaguer -- they did the same last offseason in the Dylan Bundy trade. Pinto, who turns 20 in January, logged a 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 19:3 K:BB in 12 innings in the Dominican Summer League in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Shawn Armstrong: Gets one-year deal from O's
Armstrong agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.
He logged a 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 15 innings last season -- a major rebound from the 5.74 ERA and 1.64 WHIP he posted in 2019 with the Mariners and Orioles. Armstrong doesn't figure to open the year with a chance at saves, but he could earn some opportunities as the year goes on.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Pat Valaika: Back with Orioles
Valaika agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Valaika had a strong showing during his first season in Baltimore, posting a .277/.315/.475 slash line with eight home runs in 52 games during 2020. The 28-year-old could enter spring training with a chance to earn a larger role with the departure of shortstop Jose Iglesias.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Yolmer Sanchez: Inks deal with Orioles
Sanchez signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Sanchez was claimed by Baltimore in late October, and he'll now receive a guaranteed salary heading into 2021 rather than going through arbitration. The 28-year-old appeared in just 12 games last season, but he's slashed .254/.323/.332 with three home runs and 44 RBI over 161 games across the past two years. Sanchez offers above-average defense and should contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Pedro Severino: Avoids arbitration with Orioles
Severino agreed to a one-year, $1.825 million deal with the Orioles on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
This was his first year as an arbitration-eligible player, and he cashes in after hitting .250 with five home runs in 48 games last season. Severino should open the year as the starter, but as soon as the Orioles are ready to start the clock on top prospect Adley Rutschman, he will have to move to a backup role.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Tom Eshelman: DFA'd by Orioles
Eshelman was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Eshelman fared slightly better in his second major-league season in 2020, posting a 3.89 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 34.2 innings during 12 appearances (four starts) for the Orioles. Despite his improved performance, Eshelman will be cast off the 40-man roster to make room for Chris Shaw, who was claimed off waivers from the Giants in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Chris Shaw: Joining Orioles
Shaw was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Shaw was cast off the Giants' 40-man roster Friday, but he'll land a 40-man roster spot with Baltimore heading into the 2021 season. The 26-year-old has struggled in limited major-league opportunities and could serve as organizational depth with his new club.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Alex Wells: Added to 40-man roster
Wells' contract was purchased by the Orioles on Friday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
A 23-year-old southpaw, Wells logged a 2.95 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 105:24 K:BB in 137.1 innings at Double-A in 2019. He should be ready to compete for a rotation spot sometime in 2021 and profiles as a back-end starter or swing man.... See More ... See Less
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