Dan Duquette boldly proclaimed earlier on Thursday that the Orioles would add a couple of players today. They did so, although one of these came in the Rule 5 draft and the other was on waivers. The latest move is that the Orioles have claimed lefty Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Cubs. This is the second time that Olmos has been picked up on waivers just in the last week.
With a full 40-man roster, the Orioles putting in a claim means someone also must be sent to the great DFA in the sky. In this instance, that's outfielder Junior Lake, the inconsequential return in the Tommy Hunter trade. That trade was much more likely meant to clear a roster spot for then-Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia, and to another extent to clear off a bit of Hunter's salary to pay for the acquisition of outfielder Gerardo Parra.
Lake never did much to endear himself to the Orioles and he's looked like an expendable 40-man player for most of the offseason. That became even more true as the O's grabbed a potential fourth outfielder, Joey Rickard, in this year's edition of the Rule 5 draft earlier on Thursday.
Olmos, 25, was a third round pick of the Marlins back in 2008. He worked through their system as a starter until the 2012 season, when he made his move to the bullpen, where he's mostly stayed ever since. Players with a lot of value don't end up on waivers twice in the same offseason, and looking at Olmos, you can see why he has done so.
Two years ago, Olmos had a 4.06 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A. In 2015, he pitched to a 3.55 ERA for Triple-A Tacoma and had a six-game big league stint where he had a 4.50 ERA.
As far as I can tell, Olmos is out of options, which is why he keeps getting waived all over the place. In addition to this offseason's activity, he also ended up on waivers to Texas last offseason, but when he reported to spring training there was an "impingement of his left shoulder," so Texas cancelled the claim and Olmos went back to Seattle.
Olmos was added to the Marlins 40-man roster in 2012, so his three option years were used up in 2013, 2014, and 2015. So he probably ought to hold off on getting himself a condo in Baltimore. He'll have to make the team out of spring training.
It's not impossible; if they feel like he's really got something going on, they can always trade or release incumbent lefty Brian Matusz. More likely he'll end up on waivers again before April, but he's left-handed and has a pulse, so he will get a chance here or somewhere.