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Orioles' Gunnar Henderson: To take reps at third and short
Henderson told Jake Rill of MLB.com on Friday that he plans to take reps at both third base and shortstop during spring training.
Henderson played more shortstop than third base in the minors before being used more at the hot corner during his late-season stint with the Orioles. The consensus among scouts seems to be that he could handle shortstop but would be better at third base. He might play both positions during the season and also perhaps some second base, but where Henderson sees the most action could ultimately be determined by the performance of the team's alternatives, Jorge Mateo at shortstop and Ramon Urias at third base.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' John Means: Out until at least July
Means (elbow) won't rejoin the Orioles' rotation until at least July, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Means underwent Tommy John surgery in late April of last year, so it's not a surprise to hear the team isn't expecting to have him available at least until around the All-Star break. Fantasy managers would be wise to keep expectations low for the left-hander in 2023, with the hope that he can regain his form and workload in 2024.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' DL Hall: Entering spring as starter
Hall will enter spring training as a starting pitcher, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
All but one of Hall's 11 appearances late last season came in relief, but he'll head into spring training as one of 12 competitors for five spots in Baltimore's rotation. The dynamic lefty might ultimately wind up in the bullpen over the long haul if he can't improve his control and command, but there's no reason to pull the plug on him as a starter yet. O's general manager Mike Elias wasn't ready to say Friday whether Hall might move to the bullpen if he doesn't win a rotation spot, or if he'd head to Triple-A Norfolk.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Darwinzon Hernandez: Outrighted to Triple-A
Hernandez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk by the Orioles on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Hernandez had been acquired from the Red Sox last month but lost his spot on the 40-man roster when the O's traded for Cole Irvin last week. Hernandez will still be in major-league camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. He has a robust 32.3 percent strikeout rate in his major-league career but has been held back by a 17.7 percent walk rate.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jackson Holliday: Invited to MLB spring training
Holliday has been invited to the major-league side of Orioles camp this spring.
Holliday has just 20 games of rookie ball and the low minors under his belt after being selected as the top pick in the 2022 Draft, but the O's want to get a look at him this spring before he begins his first full pro season. Obviously, the 19-year-old isn't going to break camp with the big club, with a return to A-ball to start 2023 likely. Colton Cowser and Jordan Westburg will join Holliday among Baltimore's top prospects in major-league camp this spring.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Grayson Rodriguez: Good bet for Opening Day rotation
Orioles GM Mike Elias said Sunday he expects Rodriguez to make the team's Opening Day starting rotation, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
The 23-year-old was poised to make his big-league debut last summer before a Grade 2 lat strain resulted in a three-month absence, though he returned from the injured list to make six appearances in September. Rodriguez made 14 starts for Triple-A Norfolk in 2022 and had a 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 97:21 K:BB across 69.2 innings, and he should crack Baltimore's Opening Day rotation with a decent showing during spring training. The young right-hander's reduced workload last year likely means he'll face some workload limitations in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Curtis Terry: Inks minors deal with Baltimore
Terry signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
The 26-year-old spent 2022 at Triple-A St. Paul in the Twins organization, putting up a .777 OPS with 10 homers over 80 contests. Terry saw some brief action in the big leagues with the Rangers in 2021 but went just 4-for-45 (.089) at the dish.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Darwinzon Hernandez: Moved off 40-man roster
Hernandez was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Thursday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
Cole Irvin, just acquired from the Athletics, will take over the 40-man roster spot that Hernandez once occupied. Hernandez flashed impressive stuff in the early part of his tenure with the Red Sox, but they shipped him off to the O's earlier this month in exchange for cash, and now he's back in DFA limbo.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Cole Irvin: Traded to Orioles
Irvin was traded from the A's to the Orioles on Thursday in exhange for minor leaguers Darell Hernaiz and Kyle Virbitsky, ESPN.com's Jeff Passan reports.
Irvin put together the best season of his career in 2022, working to an overall 3.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 30 starts covering 181 innings. He's never been a big strikeouts compiler, which stunts his fantasy appeal, but the 28-year-old lefty looks like a solid mid-to-upper rotation pickup for the O's as they aim to continue gaining ground in the AL East.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Austin Voth: Avoids arb with '24 club option
Voth has avoided arbitration with the Orioles and signed a one-year contract Thursday, which includes a club option for 2024.
Voth will be guaranteed $1.85 million with this new deal, and the 2024 option is worth $2.45 million with escalators that could add another $500,000. The 30-year-old right-hander struggled out of the gate last season with Washinton before moving on to Baltimore and registering a sharp 3.04 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 17 starts and five relief appearances covering 83 innings. He projects to operate in a swingman role again for the O's in 2023, shuffling between long relief and emergency starting/opening duties.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Reed Garrett: Signs on with Orioles
Garrett signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Thursday.
Garrett elected free agency after recently being outrighted off the Nationals' 40-man roster but winds up staying in the Beltway area. The 30-year-old held a 6.75 ERA over seven relief appearances for the Nats in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Lewin Diaz: Sent outright to Triple-A
Diaz cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk by the Orioles on Tuesday, Andy Kostka of The Baltimore Banner reports.
Diaz's outright assignment marks the 10th transaction he's been involved in this offseason. Finally, though, he can stay put within an organization, at least for now. The 26-year-old will likely be in major-league camp for the Orioles this spring as a non-roster invitee.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Luis Almeyda: Gets $2.3 million
Almeyda signed with the Orioles for $2.3 million Sunday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
The Orioles have the game's best farm system, but this regime is still waiting to develop its first premium international signee. Almeyda has the tools to be that guy. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound shortstop from the Dominican Republic via New Jersey, Almeyda has experience hitting in the United States and the D.R., which is something not many international prospects can claim on signing day. His above-average power is his top tool for now, and he may move to third base.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Avoids arbitration
Mateo signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Andy Kostka of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Mateo's glove established him as Baltimore's everyday shortstop last year, but his poor .221/.267/.379 slash line makes him vulnerable to losing his spot to top prospect Gunnar Henderson. Mateo has experience playing all over the field, so he'll more than likely transition into a utility role, an assignment that might allow him to maintain the fantasy value provided by his 35 steals in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Dillon Tate: Avoids arbitration with Baltimore
Tate signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
Tate has evolved into a solid late-inning reliever for the Orioles, having put up a 3.05 ERA and 60:16 K:BB over 73.2 innings in 2022 with five saves and 16 holds. He'll help set up for Felix Bautista in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Austin Hays: Avoids arbitration
Hays and the Orioles agreed on a one-year, $3.2 million contract Friday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Hays and the organization will avoid arbitration after coming to terms on a deal for 2023 on Friday. The outfielder batted .250 with 16 home runs, 60 RBI, 66 runs and two stolen bases over 535 at-bats in 145 games with Baltimore last season. The 27-year-old has the inside track to remain the Orioles' starting left fielder in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Anthony Santander: Gets $7.4 million from Baltimore
Santander signed a one-year, $7.4 million contract with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Santander slugged a career-high 33 home runs for the Orioles in 2022, producing a .773 OPS along the way. It was also the first time he's managed to stay healthy for a full season (not counting 2020), so the 28-year-old doesn't seem like a great bet to avoid the injured list again in 2023. He'll provide power for fantasy managers when on the field, though.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Cedric Mullins: Gets $4.1 million from Baltimore
Mullins signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Mullins took a step back in 2022 after his breakout 2021 season, but he was still pretty productive with a .721 OPS, 16 home runs and 34 stolen bases. The 28-year-old did sit against some left-handed pitching down the stretch last season, which is something to keep in mind when evaluating his fantasy prospects for 2023.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Ryan O'Hearn: Outrighted to Triple-A
O'Hearn cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
O'Hearn was designated for assignment by the Orioles late last week after being acquired from the Royals, but he'll remain in the organization this time around. The 29-year-old will likely have a chance to compete for a major-league roster spot with th Orioles during spring training.... See More ... See Less
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