Mychal Givens returns to Orioles, signs 1-year deal

The Orioles, quiet through most of the winter, have made another sneaky, strong addition to their roster.

It has been announced, pending a physical, that right-hander Mychal Givens will be returning to the Orioles on a one-year, $3 million deal, with a mutual option for 2024.

Givens last pitched for the Orioles in 2020, when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Terrin Vavra and Tyler Nevin, both key contributors to the 2022 club that won 83 games.

Givens spent last season pitching between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, compiling a 7-3 record and 3.38 ERA. He pitched in 59 games, totaling 61.1 innings pitched with 71 strikeouts.

Givens did pick up seven holds and two saves, though he had four blown saves, as the long ball haunted him last year. Over the course of the season, he gave up eight home runs while hitters had a robust .247 batting average against.

Givens, a converted shortstop, has compiled a 32-23 career record across 419 games while carrying a 3.40 career ERA. Possessing a dangerous fastball, he has struck out 537 batters in 457.2 innings and has a respectable 1.19 career WHIP.

Givens will give the Orioles a veteran presence in the bullpen, as well as a strong arm familiar with the confines of Camden Yards.

The mutual option in this deal is worth $6 million, but if Givens declines his part of the option, he gets a $1 million buyout. If Givens exercises it and the Orioles decline, he gets a $2 million buyout.

An opening will need to be made on the Orioles’ 40-man roster to make space for Givens.

We would like to welcome Mychal Givens back to Birdland. Christmas came early, and this signing is certainly an upgrade to a top bullpen in Major League Baseball.

UPDATE: The Orioles have made the signing official and have designated Lewin Díaz for assignment to make room for Givens on the 40-man roster.

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