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Wednesday Bird Droppings: The Orioles have signed a shortstop

Galvis will serve as a steadying force at a position the O’s desperately needed to fill all winter.

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Good morning Birdland,

They did it, and the outcome was as predictable as possible. The Orioles announced on Tuesday afternoon that they had signed shortstop Freddy Galvis to a one-year deal.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli got the scoop on the financials of the deal: $1.5 million salary, no option for 2022 and a $250,000 bonus if Galvis is traded. That saves the O’s at least $1.75 million off of Jose Iglesia’s salary for the upcoming season.

All things considered, this is a good bit of business for both sides. The Orioles desperately needed a major league caliber shortstop and while Galvis may be a minor step down from Iglesias the two should provide similar value in the upcoming season.

Galvis played in 47 games for the Reds in 2020, with 33 games spent at shortstop. The 31-year-old does not have the most exciting profile, but he will provide steady defense plus a little pop at the plate. He hit 23 home runs in 2019 and recorded a .404 slugging percentage a year ago

Links & Notes

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Of the available options, and the price at which the Orioles were said to be shopping, Galvis seemed like the best bet. He has stayed relatively healthy throughout his big league career and should give O’s pitchers some reassurance when he is in the field.

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For now, this seems to just be a rumor that doesn’t have a lot of gas behind it. Teams ask about players all the time, whether the Orioles seriously listened or not is another thing. The fanbase has been dealt a few blows this week that made this franchise tougher to root for in the short-term. Trading away a fan favorite that recently recovered from cancer would be crushing.

Ron Johnson, former Red Sox coach and minor league manager, dies at 64 |
Johnson served as the manager of the Norfolk Tides from 2012 through 2018, which means many members of the Orioles organization (both current and former) were familiar with him. The outpouring of positive comments shows what a special person he must have been.

After MLB debut, Keegan Akin will try and stay there | Steve Melewski
This will be a big year for Keegan Akin. He should be a member of the Orioles rotation from Opening Day, and the only reason he would be removed is injury or poor performance. There is reason to believe he has the goods to be a back-end rotation in MLB for a long time to come. It would be great if the Orioles didn’t have to go sign a 35-year-old veteran to fill that role every winter.

Orioles birthday

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Tim Beckham turns 31. The infielder spent part of 2017 and 2018 with the O’s, during which time he hit .258/.309/.429 with 22 home runs. He last played for the Mariners in 2019 but is currently on a minor league deal with the White Sox.

It’s the 50th birthday of Ken Huckaby, a former catcher that spent eight games with the 2004 Orioles.

Finally, happy 74th birthday to John Lowenstein. The utility man was an Oriole for seven seasons from 1979 through 1985. In that time he hit .274/.365/.460 with 68 home runs and won a World Series with the team in 1983.

Orioles history

2015 - The Orioles acquire outfielder Travis Snider from the Pirates in exchange for pitcher Stephen Tarpley.