Pedro Severino and the Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal that will avoid arbitration for the young catcher.
The deal that is worth $1.825 million and will ensure the Orioles have their catcher for 2021, as the spot is becoming closer and closer to belonging to Adley Rutschman.
Severino posted a .249 average in the shortened 2020 season, with 21 RBI and five home runs, at times the hottest bat in the lineup. Going forward, it’s clear that sometimes this hot bat isn’t a part of the future.
However, a good one-year deal ensures Severino will be behind the plate this coming season, while avoiding more arbitration troubles, in which the Orioles have enough of already outside of Severino.
As many pieces of this Orioles roster are expected to be moved around this season, Severino is one you shouldn’t expect to be shipped off. After this deal, the Orioles seem to want Severino to be their catcher for the year, possibly sharing time with Adley Rutschman if he comes up at any point this season.
Again, not someone who will boost the Orioles into contention in 2021, but more improvement is expected from Severino. The Orioles will get benefits of those improvements in a club-friendly deal.
Welcome back to Birdland, Pedro!