Orioles claim infielder Pat Valaika off waivers; Four more clear waivers

The Baltimore Orioles made a couple roster moves today, including the pick up of infielder Pat Valaika from the Colorado Rockies. Along with that claim, pitchers Ryan Eades, Luis Ortiz, Josh Rogers, and Tanner Scott have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.

First, let’s look at our newest acquisition, 27-year-old infielder Pat Valaika. Debuting back in 2016, Valaika would be seen as a sort of veteran among the young Orioles line up. The last two seasons have been shaky for Valaika, where he failed to reach a batting average of .200 either of the seasons. 2017 was Valaika’s best season, where in 110 games, the right-hander hit for .258, with 13 home runs and 40 RBI.

The signing of Valaika adds some depth to the Orioles infield and appears to be a simple, low risk signing.

RHP Ryan Eades was among the list of players who cleared waivers. Eades was the second round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2013 and made his way over to Baltimore off waivers back in August. Eades appeared in six games in Baltimore, posting a 3.52 ERA in 7.2 IP.

Next is prospect Luis Ortiz. Ortiz, who was a part of the Jonathan Schoop trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, spent the majority of 2019 in Triple-A Norfolk. He made one appearance in the majors, in which he allowed four runs in 3.2 IP.

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Josh Rogers is a name that spent more time in the majors this season than the previous two. Rogers worked out of the bullpen in five games, holding a 8.79 ERA before being moved back to Triple-A Norfolk. Not much improvement took place, as Rogers had an ERA of 8.51 in his 11 games in Norfolk.

Finally, we have Tanner Scott. Scott is the hard-throwing left-hander many Oriole fans were excited about. In 2019, Scott had an ERA of 4.78, which was an improvement on his 2018 season. Between two games in 2017 and 2018 & 2019, Scott appeared in 83 games, with a cumulative ERA of 5.31.

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