Good morning, everyone! After a bit of a lull, the offseason got rolling again. No lulls here, though, we’ve got your Orioles news roundup hot and ready for you. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Orioles News 12/13/22 – O’s miss out on Bassit and more MLB news
Chris Bassitt signs with division rival Jays
Another potential pitching target for the Orioles vanished from the board on Monday when their AL East foes from the North, the Toronto Blue Jays, inked veteran Chris Bassitt to a three year, $63 million deal. Bassitt isn’t an ace by any traditional measurements, but he’s a solid #2/#3 starter that immediately upgrades a rotation that already featured Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah. $21 million per year for a pitcher of Bassitt’s talent is fairly reasonable and could be a deal the Orioles may regret not making if they were in fact interested in Bassitt’s services.
Braves get better (again), Brewers make out like bandits, A’s…do stuff?
Oakland sports fans have had arguably the toughest stretch in the history of a professional sports city. The perennial champion Warriors left town for a shiny new arena in San Francisco. The Raiders bounced for Vegas.
The A’s, who could potentially join the Raiders in the Nevada desert, continue to strip themselves of any and all assets, dealing catcher Sean Murphy to the Atlanta Braves in a three team deal (along with the Milwaukee Brewers) that nets them utility outfielder Esteury Ruiz, catcher Manny Piña, and three pitching prospects. Murphy has emerged as one of baseball’s best all-around catchers in recent seasons and makes a scary Braves lineup even better.
The Brewers, those sneaky little swindlers. They somehow turned Ruiz, whose ceiling is likely that of a fourth outfielder, into catching prospect William Contreras and pitching prospects Justin Yeager and Joel Payamps. A golf clap and hearty tip of the cap to you, Brewers front office!
That about does it for today, we’ll see you tomorrow for another Orioles news roundup. Enjoy your day!