The Orioles are bringing back right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman on a minor league deal, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
Eshelman was designated for assignment and elected free agency back in December.
The 26-year-old, who was acquired by the O’s in 2019 from the Philadelphia Phillies, had another swingman-type season for the team, switching from the starting rotation to the bullpen.
Eshelman went 3-1 in the shortened season, posting a 3.89 ERA over 34.2 innings, starting four of his 10 outings.
Eshelman was a second-round pick by the Houston Astros in 2015. He has a 4.22 ERA over 514.1 career innings in the minors (with the Orioles, Phillies, and Astros), to go along with his 5.22 ERA, 12.4 K%, and 6.5 BB% in 70.2 innings with the Birds.
The return of Eshelman gives the Orioles options with both their rotation and bullpen, as Thomas can perform in both roles effectively.
Welcome back to Birdland, Thomas!