The Orioles have been defined at the Winter Meetings as the team that needs multiple starting pitchers but won’t spend big on them, as well as a left-handed bat, and must decide whether to trade third baseman Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton in a rebuild-versus-reload tug of war. One of the lesser subplots in this Disney drama revolves around the catchers. The Orioles believe they could use another one as insurance in case Chance Sisco needs to repeat Triple-A. Executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed previous reports of the team’s desire to bring in another catcher. The 40-man roster also includes Caleb Joseph and Austin Wynns, both respected for their work behind the plate. A veteran is a desirable pursuit. A trade always is a possibility. Otherwise, here’s the list of free agent catchers as supplied by MLBTradeRumors.com: Alex Avila (31) A.J. Ellis (37) Nick Hundley (34) Jose Lobaton (33) Raffy Lopez (30) Jonathan Lucroy (32) Miguel Montero (34) Rene Rivera (34) Carlos Ruiz (39) Hector Sanchez (28) Geovany Soto (35) Chris Stewart (36) Joseph and Sisco have options remaining to provide more flexibility. Joseph would appear to be a lock to come north with the team as it works to get him under contract in another arbitration year. His slash line improved from .174/.216/.197 with no home runs or RBIs over 49 games in 2016 to .256/.287/.413 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs over 89 games.
Catching and left-handed relief also on Orioles’ shopping list
Masn | Dec 12