We know who the bigger trade chips are on the Baltimore Orioles roster, but could a few smaller moves be made early this offseason to clear roster space?
The first day of the offseason provided quite a bit of entertainment around the league. No earth-shattering moves were made, but a number of players declared free agency, notable names had their options picked up or declined, and we even had a few small trades. For the Baltimore Orioles, the first day of the offseason saw the first steps in clearing room on the 40-man.
Pitchers Josh Rogers, Luis Ortiz, Ryan Eades, and Tayler Scott, along with outfielder Mason Williams were all removed from the 40-man, with all but Williams accepting an assignment to Triple-A. As of Thursday morning, Mark Trumbo‘s name also came off the books as he officially became a free agent.
On the trade front, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded reliever Parker Markel to the Los Angeles Angels, the San Diego Padres traded outfielder Travis Jankowski to Cincinnati for international bonus money, and the Texas Rangers acquired former Orioles catcher Welington Castillo and international bonus money for a minor league position player. The Rangers then announced they will not be picking up Castillo’s option for next year.
Could we see the Orioles make a few small trades like these? It’s very likely we see Mike Elias go after more depth pieces in similar moves, but which players could Elias be looking to move in one of these small deals?
We all know who the “big” trade chips are. Jonathan Villar seems to be the likeliest to be moved, while Mychal Givens is another name that has been thrown around since early 2019. We also know that the Orioles will at least listen to offers for Trey Mancini, but it seems more and more unlikely he is moved this offseason, unless a team can put together quite the package. Here are three smaller names we could see moved this offseason as the Orioles continue to make space on the 40-man roster.