With the baseball off-season in full go mode, the tide turns to: what happens now?
As for the Orioles, many fans will be waiting with intrigue to see how the roster changes. Who is signed and let go, if we are going to sign any free agents, who fills the 40-man roster and what holes will be filled.
The Orioles have started the post-World-Series season by making some moves already in the early going. Right-handed pitchers Conner Greene and Marcos Diplán and catcher Pedro Severino have all been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, where all three have elected free agency.
Severino is the biggest of names that jump out here. Since 2019 Severino, 28, has been a mainstay in the Oriole lineup, but this past season saw him struggle on the offensive side, which exposed more of his defensive struggles behind the plate.
Tied for the league-lead in passed balls with 10, while also committing four errors, Severino’s free agency now opens the door for top prospect Adley Rutschman to potentially claim the starting role out of spring.
Severino played a career-high 113 games this past season, where he hit .248 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI. He also had career-highs in total hits, RBI and walks, though also having a career-high 109 strikeouts.
Conner Greene also chose to elect for free agency, as the rookie saw a year that was a whirlwind to say the least. Originally a member of the Orioles, he was waived and claimed by the Dodgers, who eventually waived him as well, before ending up back with the Orioles.
The former prospect pitched in 24 games to an alarmingly high ERA of 7.11. He had one start but pitched a majority of the time out of the bullpen, where he would finish with a 1-3 record. A former seventh round draft pick by the Blue Jays, Greene will be looking for his seventh team since 2013.
A surprising addition to this list was Marcos Diplán. As a rookie in middle relief, Diplán was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA for the Orioles in 2021. A surprise addition that held his own, he would pitch 30 innings, allowing 22 hits and tallying 24 strikeouts, with a .206 average against.
Diplán’s downfall came when he allowed 15 walks, 15 earned runs and six home runs during his time in the majors. Pitching to a 1.23 WHIP out of the bullpen didn’t help matters, but the former Future Stars Game righty has a lot of upside and should find his sixth team since signing as a free agent back in 2013 with Texas.
While we appreciate the time and effort given by these players, we also understand that the game of baseball is a business, and the Orioles are in the process of shaping their roster for the near future.
The Baltimore Battery wishes Pedro, Marcos and Conner all the best, as we look forward to what the future holds not only to them, but to our team as well.
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