It's finally time for Orioles to replace Ramon Urías with this Triple-A player

The Orioles bench could use a shakeup with Ramón Urías' struggles
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Despite injuries hitting the starting rotation hard this season, with two starting pitchers back on the IL, the Orioles have been taking names and winning games. Their latest impressive win came at home on Memorial Day, routing the Boston Red Sox 11-3 to move to 4-0 against Boston this season.

The Orioles stand at 34-18 after the win, looking every bit the impressive team they were projected to be. However, the bench could use a shakeup. I'm not talking about another shuffle of outfield prospects, since even though Heston Kjerstad is tearing up Triple-A again, Kyle Stowers is playing well in the majors right now.

I'm talking about the infield this time, in particular Ramón Urías. With a starting infield of Jordan Westburg, Gunnar Henderson, Jorge Mateo and Ryan Mountcastle/Ryan O'Hearn, Urías has become a bench player.

When he has played, the struggles have been very real. In 62 at-bats over 25 games, Urías has a dismal .194/.231/.274 slash line, with a total of three extra base hits and exactly two walks. He has 12 hits all season. To put that mildy, that is not good.

Following a 2023 season that also saw him take a step back, it appears that his 16-home run, 17-double, and Gold Glove-winning 2022 season no longer represents his ceiling. While that was a fine peak, he hasn't shown signs of getting back to that, so it's time for a change.

With Coby Mayo injured, he's out of the call-up picture for a while. Jackson Holliday isn't going to get called up just to sit on the bench, so he's out, too. Enter Terrin Vavra.

The Orioles need to replace Ramon Urías. Terrin Vavra is the guy to do it

You could be forgiven if you totally forgot that Terrin Vavra existed. He very much had a year to forget in 2023. Initially making the O's Opening Day roster thanks to a strong spring, he didn't play in the majors after May 31 after having been optioned to Triple-A on a few occasions.

While he was playing for the Tides, he injured his right shoulder in June and was shut down until August, then began a rehab assignment August 31 in Delmarva. He was pulled off his rehab assignment after two games thanks to re-injuring his shoulder, eventually undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in September. In the offseason, he was DFA'd and outrighted off the 40-man roster in November.

Now, after a brief rehab assignment at the start of the season, Vavra is back at Triple-A and fully healthy again. In 35 at-bats over 10 games, Vavra has a .257/.409/.457 slash line with one double, two home runs, and 10 RBI, while also working eight walks.

When he's at his best, Vavra can play above average defense at both corner outfield spots, as well as second and third base, while offering great on base skills at the plate. He won't wow you with his power, but with the Orioles having enough sluggers on their team, he doesn't have to.

While Urías at his best is probably better than Vavra at his best, Urías hasn't gotten close to his best in a while. On the other hand, Vavra is trending back to that now that he's healthy and playing again. By DFA'ing Urías and adding Vavra, it's one player for another on both the active and 40-man rosters, so no extra juggling is needed. It's time for a change, and it's time to bring Terrin Vavra back.