The Orioles, like most clubs this evening, have done a lot of roster configuration. Here are the moves made by Mike Elias and the front office:
Yolmer Sánchez, claimed by the Orioles in November off waivers, has signed a one-year $1 million contract with the club to avoid arbitration. The 28-year-old infielder played in 12 games for the Chicago White Sox last season, batting .313 with a home run and seven runs scored.
A defensive specialist, Sánchez has slashed .300/.360/.660 in 656 major league games, all with the White Sox. A 2019 Golden Glove winner, Sánchez was not offered a contract by the White Sox after the season and was claimed by the San Francisco Giants. An injury to his back in 2020 caused the Giants to leave Sánchez off their 2020 roster. Just 28 years old, Sánchez’s defense should put him in contention for a roster spot with the Orioles in 2021.
Sánchez will likely compete with Pat Valaika for starts at the shortstop position. Valaika signed a one-year contract extension with Baltimore today.
The Orioles also came to an agreement on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration with reliever Shawn Armstrong. The 30-year-old pitcher was a bright spot out of the pen in 2020, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 15 innings pitched.
Here is a summary of the moves made by the Orioles today, excluding the Iglesias trade:
A key element to notice in these moves is the decision to not sign Hanser Alberto. The veteran infielder has been a crucial part of the Orioles on and off the field over the last two years.
It appears that Baltimore will look to bring Alberto back in free agency. Besides being a fan favorite and crucial part of the Orioles’ infield, Alberto has been the heart and soul of the team in recent years. He hit .283 with 22 RBI and 35 runs in the shortened 2020 season.
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