SARASOTA, Fla.- The Baltimore Orioles remain positive of the future after a surprisingly successful season leading to their third post-season appearance in five years. The Orioles improved on their 2015 season with a record of 89-73, which according to Baseball Prospectus’ standings was five to six games more than was projected in the preseason.
On Jan 20, The Orioles re-signed first baseman and 2016 homerun champion Mark Trumbo to an $11 million contract. Trumbo represents the forth consecutive Orioles player to win the championships in four years.
Former Los Angeles Angel Johnny Giavotella has signed a minor league deal with the Orioles. According to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag, Giavotella will compete for a spot on the bench during spring training, with the option to opt out of his contract should he fail the cut.
Backup utility player Steven Pearce signed with the Blue Jays in December of 2016. Former Diamondback Wellington Castillo has signed on as a replacement for the starting lineup.
Hyun Soo Kim failed to impress in his first major league season, going 17 at-bats without a hit and finishing the season above the league average in walk rate (10.4).
The Orioles begin spring training Feb 13, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.
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