The Orioles shuffled the deck in a big way on Friday afternoon, making a total of three pairs of roster moves. One of these was expected, with Matt Wieters' return on this date having been telegraphed for several days. The other moves are more surprising. The O's also recalled Rey Navarro from Norfolk and selected the contract of lefty reliever Cesar Cabral from Norfolk as well.
Every roster move means that someone must come off the roster as well, and so three people added to the roster means three people have been taken off the roster. Catcher Steve Clevenger was optioned with Wieters' return, as expected. In ordinary circumstances, an MLB team does not need three catchers, especially when they have so little flexibility with their existing bench.
Mike Wright was optioned to Norfolk with Cabral being added to the roster. They will both still be with the organization.
To make room for Navarro, the Orioles designated Everth Cabrera for assignment. Cabrera was another failed bet of the offseason from GM Dan Duquette. He signed not long after spring training got underway for a $2.4 million salary and while you could kind of understand what the Orioles were hoping for in signing him, with him having a successful 2013 season before it was cut short by a Biogenesis-related suspension, we never saw the player they were hoping to see.
In 29 games with the Orioles, Cabrera managed a batting line of .208/.250/.229, which is unbelievably awful. The O's needed to clear a space on the 40-man roster in adding both Wieters from the 60-day DL and Cabral, so you might as well get rid of the underperforming guy who offered nothing to the team other than the unfortunate distinction of employing a player who had a domestic violence accusation in his past.
They could not have figuratively launched him by catapult into the Inner Harbor soon enough.
The addition of Cabral makes sense for two reasons. One, he gives them another left-handed reliever during Brian Matusz's suspension. Two, he's been blitzing the competition at Triple-A Norfolk, without allowing any earned runs over 19 appearances, so you might as well give that guy a shot in the big league bullpen.
One more move is in the Orioles' near future. Bud Norris will be coming off the disabled list to start Sunday's game. That means someone else is getting optioned or DFA'd at that time. The Dan Duquette roster merry-go-round is always spinning.