Oh, what a day.
There have been some moves that have sent all Oriole fans into a frenzy. No, this article is not about that deal.
It is about one Jesús Aguilar being signed to the Birds on a minor league deal. However, this is actually a pretty decent move overshadowed by the news of Gunnar Henderson’s long-awaited arrival.
Aguilar has been one of the most up-and-down players of the past four seasons, and hopefully for the Orioles, they catch some of his up-side.
Aguilar has spent nine season in Major League Baseball, with his time split between Cleveland, Milwaukee, Tampa Bay, and most recently, Miami. His first true playing time came in 2017 with the Brewers.
To Oriole fans, Aguilar may most well be known as the recipient of a hard contact play at first base in the NLCS in 2018. This play came as a result of former Oriole, Manny Machado, swinging his leg into Aguilar’s ankle at a play at first. However, we digress.
The struggling first baseman was let go by the Marlins earlier this season. He holds a slash line of .236/.286/.388 with an OPS of .674 in 113 games in 2022.
When we look at Aguilar’s splits, we begin to see what Orioles GM Mike Elias may be deemed worthy. With Ryan Mountcastle being the only true first baseman on the roster, and amid a giant slump, it is apparent help is needed at that position.
When we look at Aguilar against right-handed pitching, things do look a little more promising. He is hitting .241 against rightys with a .686 OPS. Compare that to Mountcastle’s numbers against them, and it’s nearly identical.
In addition to being another glove at first base, Aguilar also brings some power, power that has been prevelant at Camden Yards. In nine games at OPACY, Aguilar is 8-for-31, good for a .854 OPS with two home runs.
As said earlier, Aguilar has been signed to a minor league deal that also has him included on the taxi-squad. It is very likely we see Aguilar in an Oriole uniform very soon.
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