Advertised contracts, Cionel Perez and other MLB news

Welcome to today’s Orioles news roundup! It was a busy baseball-related Friday as all 30 teams were tasked with deciding which players eligible for arbitration would be awarded contracts or fired before the 8:00 p.m. EST deadline.

Orioles: tender or not tender?

The Orioles had six eligible players awaiting their fate on Friday afternoon, although the likes of Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander could rest easy knowing an offer was a formality. Others, like Austin Hays and waiver hero Austin Voth, weren’t so sure.

Orioles News 11/19/22 – Tender Contracts by O, Testimony by Cionel Perez and more

Ultimately, the O’s elected to keep all six players, who MLB Trade Rumors predicts will collectively receive $20.3 million when the salary arbitration is finalized, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Hays or Voth were traded, when the squad takes shape in 2023.

Cionel Perez to the dean’s office, please

Birds Watcher’s 2022 testimonial series continues with the latest installment starring flame-throwing left-hander Cionel Perez. Perez was a steadfast Orioles bullpen who surpassed expectations and became a highly leveraged late-inning option after Jorge López was traded to the Minnesota Twins. I’m not a teacher, but perhaps a little more credit is due for his efforts.

Cody Bellinger not tendered, Angels acquire Urshela from Twins

In a move that seemed incomprehensible three years ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers declined to offer OF/1B Cody Bellinger a contract. The 2019 NL MVP has followed that 7.7 WAR season into three enigmatic, battle-filled seasons in which he hasn’t even managed a third of the wins over backup that he amassed in his MVP season. Bellinger’s free agency will be an interesting storyline – could teams losing in the Brandon Nimmo Sweepstakes consider Bellinger a low-cost lottery ticket?

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Angels 3B acquired Gio Urshela from the Minnesota Twins for a minor league pitching prospect, again raising questions about exactly what the Angels are doing. A slightly above-average major league hitter, Urshela is a capable but unspectacular defensive third baseman who is perhaps best complimented on a contender. Not only are the Angels not projected as a contender, they are reportedly considering it pin Urshela to the shortstop. Angels become angels.



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