The Baltimore Orioles have been a flurry on the Twitter-verse lately, being tied to Carlos Correa at almost every turn and move he makes. It’s fun to even be mentioned in the rumor mill for such a talented player.
The one good thing about this is the under-the-radar signings that aren’t getting much fanfare and leave the Orioles with a chance to showcase some talent that hasn’t gotten much attention.
A recent signing has the ability to do that, as the Orioles have signed former Colorado Rockies utility man, Chris Owings to a minor league deal.
Owings, 30, has the ability to play short, second and all three outfield positions, giving him the flexibility that the Orioles have come accustomed to with utility players.
A career .243 hitter over his nine seasons, he is familiar with both the A.L. and N.L., as he has made stops in Arizona, Kanas City, Boston and, most recently, Colorado.
Owings possesses some speed, as he has stolen 83% of his attempts throughout his career, giving him late-inning pinch running assignments.
He also holds a .983 career fielding percentage, which will allow for late game defensive replacements as well.
With the Orioles still in flux at second base, third base and shortstop, this is the type of signing that can help the team at an unsettled position. Owings, early in his career, played 97 or more games his last four seasons in Arizona.
There is possibility that Owings pushes for a bench player role or for Triple-A Norfolk call-up purposes if need. This will be a signing to watch, especially with the Orioles trying to settle their middle infield positions.
In other news, the Orioles also brought back right-hander Conner Greene on a minor league deal. A non-roster invite, Greene, 26, spent time with both the O’s and Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
Welcome to Birdland, Chris, welcome back to Birdland, Conner!
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