The Baltimore Orioles are in a position where they can inquire and make moves at any given point to not only improve the big league team but the organization as a whole.
Today, O’s GM Mike Elias made a couple of moves with the idea of improving the club and removing weight that was no longer able to produce for the organization.
According to multiple sources, the Orioles have acquired catcher Luis Torrens from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash considerations.
This season, Torrens has appeared in 13 games, batting .250/.318/.300. He has collected five total hits, scored one run and has driven in three.
Torrens has a career slash line of .227/.289/.352 across 799 plate appearances for the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs. The Venezuela native was originally signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees and selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule 5 Draft.
Torrens has the ability to not only catch but has played first, second, third and left field. The 27-year-old has a career .996 fielding percentage behind the plate while having a respectable .971 percentage at first.
Torrens is currently out of options. Therefore, he must be on the 26-man roster, or he will have to be designated for assignment in hopes of assigning him to Triple-A Norfolk.
In a corresponding move, the Orioles also designated Joey Krehbiel for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster. The O’s can attempt to pass Krehbiel through waivers or find a trade partner. He can refuse an outright assignment.
Kriehbal was 5-5 with a 3.90 ERA for the Orioles across 56 games. He collected 10 holds and one save, holding opponents to a .242 average against.
We want to wish Joey the best of luck going forward and thank him for his service with the team. We also would like to welcome Luis to Birdland and look forward to his successful growth within the organization.
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