The hot stove is starting to warm up in Baltimore, but right now the heat is on low. Dan Duquette completed his first wave of minor-league signings.
These signings include the likes of Ruben Tejada and Josh Edgin. Tejada spent 2017 with the Orioles, making forty-one appearances batting .230, zero home runs, and five runs batted in. Tejada filled in at short for the O’s while J.J. Hardy was injured last season, and made more of an impact in the field than at the plate. In 293 innings, Tejada only made two errors. Buck Showalter has two philosophies, hit for power, and great fielding.
Tejada is an above-average fielder, but with Tim Beckham, Ryan Flaherty, and the possibility of Manny moving over to short, Tejada will spend most of his season in Norfolk. Edgin has spent his entire five-year career with the Mets. Edgin is a lefty reliever, who had his best season in the Mets surprise 2014 season. In that season Edgin made forty-seven appearances with a 1-0 record and a 1.32 earned run average.
Since that season, Edgin has tailed off. In 2015 Edgin had a 5.23 earned run average, but last season he improved with a 3.65 earned run average. Edgin has the ability to make the team out of Spring Training, and in recent years the O’s have had a good success rate of turning minor signings to key players.
The rumor mill is starting to turn faster and faster for the O’s, let’s see if anything happens in the near future.