Offseason activity began ramping up on Tuesday as the first wave of free agents signed their respective contracts. There was plenty of Orioles news as well with the club making a number of roster moves, including some prospects fans are familiar with.
Orioles make a flurry of 40-man roster moves
In advance of the Rule 5 Draft in two weeks, the Orioles added five prospects to their 40-man roster Tuesday evening in order to protect them from being selected by another Major League club.
Orioles News 11/16/22 – Roster Moves, Brandon Hyde, and other MLB news
Grayson Rodríguez, who was obviously a no-brainer, headlines the group. Joining GrayRod is defensive wizard Joey Ortiz and three pitchers including Seth Johnson, one of the prospects the Orioles received in the Trey Mancini trade. Drew Rom is a lefty with high strikeout numbers despite topping out in the low 90’s with his fastball. 24 year old Noah Denoyer is a potential late bloomer who excelled at AA Bowie and recently represented the Orioles in the Arizona Fall League.
Hyde runner-up in AL Manager of the Year voting
After O’s skipper Brandon Hyde took home The Sporting News AL Manager of the Year award, Orioles fans were eager to see the results of Baseball Writers Association’s iteration of the award. Would it be a clean sweep?
While Hyde received nine first place votes, Guardians manager Terry Francola got 17 on his way to winning his third AL Manager of the Year award. Rounding out the top five were Scott Servais (Mariners), Dusty Baker (Astros), and Aaron Boone (Yankees).
Around The League
Several major transactions occurred around the league on Tuesday that didn’t involve the Orioles. Both outfielder Joc Pederson (a potential O’s free agent target) and starting pitcher Martin Perez accepted their respective team’s one year, $19.65 million qualifying offers, taking them off of the free agent market.
Elsewhere, pitcher Tyler Anderson declined the Los Angeles Dodgers qualifying offer and subsequently signed a three year deal in the neighborhood of $39 million with the crosstown Angels. Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo signed a multi-year agreement to stay in the Bronx after declining their qualifying offer, a needed boost for the club and its fanbase after the club’s unceremonious exit from the American League Championship Series. You can read more on that at Yanks Go Yard.