O’s sign veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos to 1-year deal

After the Orioles officially announced the signing of right-hander Jordan Lyles this evening, GM Mike Elias has made another depth move.

As reported by ESPN’s Marley Rivera, the O’s have signed veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal worth around $900K, plus $75K in incentives.

Chirinos, 37, has spent the majority of his career with the Texas Rangers, while having short stints with the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, New York Mets and most recently the Chicago Cubs.

The Venezuela native has a career .231/.325/.432 slash line, with 91 home runs and 284 RBIs. Last year, Chirinos hit .227 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in just 45 games with Chicago.

Known primarily as a defensive-first backstop, Chirinos has a career fielding percentage of .994 in over 602 games behind the plate. He also has the ability to play first base if needed.

Chirinos will compete with Jacob Nottingham and Anthony Bemboom as the veteran presence that will backup the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, Adley Rutschman. He will also receive a $100K bonus is the O’s trade him this season.

Side note: Chirinos is a former teammate of Carlos Correa. Just thought that was interesting…

Welcome to Birdland, Robinson!

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