Baltimore Orioles Free Agent Preview

 

Player Name Position Comments
Welington Castillo C Castillo put together a career year in 2017 hitting .282 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI. His solid year earned him a 2-year $15 million deal with the White Sox. His departure leaves the Orioles with Caleb Joseph behind the plate. Expect Castillo to be the starting catcher come opening day for Chicago.
Jeremy Hellickson SP Hellickson went out and got a one-year deal worth $17.2 million last season and fell well short of expectations. He finished the year 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA. He likely will have to take a bridge deal somewhere to prove he can still be effective at the big league level.
Chris Tillman SP Tillman was another player to take a one-year deal in hopes of earning a big payday but things backfired for him as well as he topped Hellickson going 1-7 with a 7.84 over 19 games started last season. At this point it seems like teams may turn to Tillman as a reliever being he cannot keep teams off the board when starting anymore.
Ubaldo Jimenez SP Jimenez showed flashes of brilliance over the past two seasons but his best is far behind him at this point. Being he is a solid veteran he should be able to find a starting gig for a team that is currently in limbo with contending. However, his tenure with the Orioles has likely come to an end after his 4-year $50 million contract did not pay off as once thought it would.
Wade Miley RP Miley re-upped with Baltimore on a one-year veteran minimum contract. He will likely split his time between the bullpen and starting rotation this season based on need.
Pedro Alvarez 1B Despite Alvarez only being 30 years old, it seems like teams have completely given up on the once big time power bat. His strikeout numbers are alarming but he has shown he is capable of hitting 30+ home runs. At this point in his career he will be reserved to a bench role with the chance of being a platoon player against righties.
Craig Gentry OF Gentry is the quintessential outfield utility player that can come on as a pinch runner/defensive specialist when needed. Outside of speed and defense, Gentry does not have much to offer at 34 years old.
Logan Verrett RP We add Verrett to the mix here being he is only 27 years old and has shown with his stint with the Mets he can be effective both as a starter and out of the bullpen. Unfortunately for him, his way onto an opening day roster will likely be through a spring training invite.
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