Victor Gonzalez named as trade piece in Miguel Castro deal; Shepherd released

As the trade deadline approached in August, the Orioles let go of a couple long-time Orioles in the bullpen. One of these players was Miguel Castro, who was sent to the New York Mets in exchange for pitcher Kevin Smith and a player to be named later.

That player to be named later has been named as shortstop Victor Gonzalez. 17 years old from the Dominican Republic, Gonzalez was a part of the Mets 2019-2020 international class.

Due to Coronavirus, Gonzalez has yet to play a professional season but has plenty time as a 17-year-old to have his development period. As a team that was never really invested in the international market, Mike Elias has shown growing interest with now another international prospect being received via trades.

Whether the plan is to load up on the young international free agents or possibly use them come future trades, Elias has had the right idea this season with his trades.

For three bullpen pieces, who were not going to be a part of the future, we have now walked away with multiple young players. For an organization that would always neglect this side of the business, it is nice to see a turn of the corner in Baltimore.

In other news, the Orioles have released RHP Chandler Shepherd. Shepherd was originally a 2014 draft pick by the Orioles, who was cut after not pitching at all in 2020. After being signed off waivers in May 2019, Shepherd saw just five games, where he held a 6.63 ERA in his debut professional season.

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