Nationals recall Willingham

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The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Amos Willingham from Triple-A Rochester on Friday and optioned catcher Drew Millas to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Willingham, 25, made his Major League debut on June 28, 2023, at Seattle after his contract was selected on June 26. He enjoyed four stints with the big league club in his rookie season and finished his first campaign strong, posting a 3.48 ERA (4 ER/10.1 IP) in five outings during the month of September, including 3.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and no walks on Sept. 2 vs. Miami.

The Rome, Ga., native went 5-1 with five saves and a 2.02 ERA in 28 games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Rochester last season and struck out 36 in 35.2 innings of work.

Willingham started the 2024 season with Triple-A Rochester, where he held opponents hitless in his first 3.1 innings of work, striking out two. In all, he was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (3 ER / 5.0 IP) in three games for the Red Wings this season.

Millas, 26, went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in one game with Washington this season.

Orioles acquire right-hander Ramírez from Mets

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The Orioles today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher YOHAN RAMÍREZ from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations. He has not yet reported.

Ramírez, 28, was 0-1 with an 11.81 ERA (7 ER/5.1 IP) with nine hits (1 HR), four walks (1 IBB), and six strikeouts in three games with the Mets this season. He’s appeared in 105 career MLB games between the Mariners, Guardians, Pirates, White Sox, and Mets, including making a career-high 31 appearances in 2023 between Pittsburgh and Chicago-AL.

Ramírez was originally signed as an International Free Agent by the Houston Astros on June 15, 2016 out of Villa Mella, Dominican Republic. Seattle selected him in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft, and he made his MLB debut in 2020.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

Orioles claim Livan Soto

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Claimed INF Livan Soto off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 39 players.

Nationals recall Drew Millas, option Joan Adon to Triple-A Rochester

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The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Drew Millas from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday and optioned right-handed pitcher Joan Adon to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday night. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Millas, 26, made his Major League debut in 2023 after his contract was selected on August 28. He hit safely in six of his first eight starts, including each of his first four. In 11 Major League games last year, Millas hit .286 (8-for-28) with two doubles, a home run, six RBI, four walks and a run scored.

At the time of his promotion last season, Millas ranked in Washington’s Minor League system in on-base percentage (2nd, .390), OPS (4th, .832), average (5th, .291), slugging percentage (6th, .442) and RBI (T7th, 43). He hit .291/.390/.442 with 15 doubles, three triples, seven RBI, 43 RBI, 42 walks, six stolen bases and 40 runs in 83 games between Double-A and Triple-A.

In four games with Triple-A Rochester this season, Millas has two hits, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.

Adon, 25, allowed one run over 4.0 innings in one start. He struck out a pair and walked three in a no-decision.

Orioles select contract of Jackson Holliday

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of 2B/SS Jackson Holliday from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear No. 7 and his first appearance will be his Major League debut.
  • Designated INF/OF Tony Kemp for assignment.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 38 players.

Nationals place Josiah Gray on IL, recall Joan Adon

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The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Joan Adon from Triple-A Rochester and placed right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray on the 15-day Injured List with a right elbow/forearm flexor strain retroactive to April 6 on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Adon will start tonight in San Francisco. 

Adon, 25, enjoyed two Major League stints in 2023 as he combined for a career-high 29 outings between Washington and Triple-A Rochester. He Took no-hitters into the sixth inning on Aug. 5 at Cincinnati (6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, HR, 7 SO) and Aug. 25 at Miami (6.0 IP, 3 H, HBP, 3 SO) earning the win in both games. All told, he finished 2-4 with a 6.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 51.2 innings pitched in the Major Leagues last season.

The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic made 17 starts for Triple-A Rochester last season and finished 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 87.2 innings of work. Over his final eight starts with the Red Wings, Adon was 2-2 with a 3.40 ERA and pitched at least 5.0 innings in every start, including 6.0 innings in five times. In one start for Triple-A Rochester this season, Adon allowed two earned runs in 2.1 innings of work. He struck out a pair and allowed four hits.

Gray, 26, has struck out nine in 8.1 innings of work this season. He is 0-2 with a 14.04 ERA in two starts.

Baltimore Orioles & Baltimore Ravens combine to donate $10 million to the Baltimore Community Foundation's Key Bridge Emergency Fund

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Ravens and Orioles each donate $5 million to support the relief efforts

The Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens have together donated $10 million to the Baltimore Community Foundation’s Key Bridge Emergency Fund. Each organization contributed $5 million, respectively.

The Key Bridge Emergency Fund was established to provide ongoing support to the recovery and resilience efforts for families, port workers, first responders, small businesses and communities affected by the March 26 Key Bridge tragedy. This fund supports regional efforts to heal, respond and memorialize, in coordination with adjacent efforts with the Foundation’s strategic partners.

“The resiliency of our city has once again been sorely tested,” said Orioles owner DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN. “Under the leadership of Governor Wes Moore, and in collaboration with the Ravens, the Orioles offer this contribution to support those who keep our city, our state, and our country in business.”

“Our heartfelt condolences are with the victims of this tragedy and their families,” Ravens owner STEVE BISCIOTTI stated. “We are thankful to our first responders for their bravery and tireless work. The Ravens are honored to support the Francis Scott Key Bridge recovery efforts and affected Maryland families and businesses. We are confident that Baltimore and Maryland will keep displaying tremendous spirit and strength during this time of great need.”

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Orioles trade Diego Castillo to Twins

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The Orioles have traded minor league INF/OF Diego Castillo to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash considerations.

Lottery’s Contestant of the Game promotion returns with exciting new feature

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Fan-favorite second-chance contest adds new grand slam twist

With the 2024 season underway, Orioles fans are enjoying the team’s quest for a second consecutive American League East division title. With new ownership, the returning nucleus of last year’s 101-win team and plenty of up-and-coming talent on the horizon, the future looks bright and orange-tinted. Understandably, fan excitement is at a fever-pitch with the potential that the 2024 season presents for the Birds.

Some of the fans with great expectations for the Orioles in 2024 are also participating in this year’s Home Run Riches Contestant of the Game promotion from the Maryland Lottery. The FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded game and second chance promotion are back with an exciting new twist. 

This year, the Lottery’s baseball-themed second chance promotion will include a chance for fans to win big money when the Orioles hit home runs – especially when Birds betters connect for grand slams. This season’s 162 Contestants of the Game will be selected in monthly drawings through August. Each winner receives $500 for being selected and will be designated as the Contestant of the Game for an upcoming Orioles matchup. They’ll also win an additional $500 for each home run or $5,000 for each grand slam hit by the Orioles during their designated game. 

The potential for winning big both on the field and in the Lottery’s promotion is high: In 2023 the Orioles sent a batter to the plate with the bases loaded 109 times and hit six grand slams. Additionally, the Orioles slugged a total of 183 home runs last season leading to $222,000 in prizes for the Contestants of the Game. 

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Highlights for homestand vs. Pirates and Phillies April 1-7

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After beginning the 2024 season with a weekend series in Cincinnati, the Washington Nationals open their home schedule with a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, followed by a three-game set vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. The first homestand of the season features several fun promotions and events for fans of all ages, including an Opening Day reversible bucket hat giveaway, the first of six Pups in the Park Days, National Guard Day, two College Day Series games and Girl Scout Day. Today’s game is officially sold out, but standing room tickets are still available on nats.com/Tickets at and the box office.

 

The Nationals will start their home campaign on Monday, April 1, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET and gates will be open to fans at 2:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on MASN and broadcast on radio at 106.7 The Fan FM and in Spanish on DC 87.7 FM and La Pantera 100.7 FM/1220 AM.

 

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Orioles recall Jonathan Heasley, place Cionel Pérez on 15-day injured list

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Jonathan Heasley from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Placed LHP Cionel Pérez on the 15-day Injured List with a right oblique strain.

How to watch the Nationals online all season long

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The Washington Nationals are looking to improve upon last season and gain ground in the National League East.

Last season was a growing process for the Nationals, who who continue to take positive steps forward in their rebuilding process. Fans will get a look at some of the best young players in the league during what many consider another improving season.

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The Nationals are hoping for more positive signs of development on the pitching side from Josiah Gray and MacKenzie Gore. Both are expected to be at the front of Washington’s rotation.

The biggest pieces on offense to keep tabs on are at the top of the lineup in CJ Abrams and Lane Thomas. Abrams has plenty of speed at the top of the lineup, stealing 47 bases last season. Lane Thomas also has plenty of power, leading the team with 28 home runs in 2023.

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How to watch the Orioles online all season long

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The 2024 Baltimore Orioles have a lot of young talent ready to push for their second consecutive American League East division crown.

Last season, the Orioles were able to capture their first AL East division title since 2014.

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This season will be full of expectations, especially with teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rays in the division.

The Orioles made significant moves this offseason to help them get back into the postseason in 2024. One of the biggest moves was trading for ace Corbin Burnes.

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Orioles make roster moves

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled LHP Nick Vespi from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Placed RHP Jacob Webb on the Paternity List.
  • Placed RHP Kyle Bradish on the 15-day Injured List with a right UCL sprain, retroactive to March 25.
  • Placed LHP John Means on the 15-day Injured List with a left forearm strain, retroactive to March 25.
  • Designated OF Ryan McKenna and INF/OF Tyler Nevin for assignment.
  • Placed C Michael Pérez on the Major League Taxi Squad.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 38 players.

 

Orioles set 2024 Opening Day roster

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The Orioles today announced the club’s 2024 Opening Day roster. The 26-man roster includes:

 

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Nationals announce 2024 Opening Day roster

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The Washington Nationals announced their 2024 Opening Day roster and corresponding moves on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

 Selected the contracts of right-handed pitchers Matt Barnes and Derek Law as well as outfielders Eddie Rosario and Jesse Winker.

  • Placed right-handed pitchers Cade Cavalli (Tommy John Surgery), Mason Thompson (Tommy John Surgery) and Stephen Strasburg (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) as well as left-handed pitcher Jose A. Ferrer (left lat strain) on the 60-day Injured List.
  • Placed outfielder Stone Garrett (recovery from left ankle reconstruction surgery) on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to March 25). 

Barnes, 33, joins the Nationals after a strong Spring Training in which he retired 14 of the 15 batters he faced across five outings. He struck out five batters without issuing a walk along the way. Barnes has converted 47 saves and struck out 11.44 batters per 9.0 innings across 453 Major League appearances. Prior to his 2023 season in Miami, Barnes spent nine seasons (2014-22) with the Boston Red Sox where he was an American League All-Star in 2021 and key member of their bullpen en route to winning the 2018 World Series. His five seasons (2016-19, 2021) of at least 60 appearances are the most in Boston Red Sox history. During that 2021 All-Star season, he recorded a career-high 24 saves and struck out 84 batters in 54.2 innings pitched.

Law, 33, is coming off a strong 2023 season in which he Led the National League and ranked third in Major League Baseball by allowing only 7.7% of inherited runners to score (2-for-26) in his first full season with the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched to a 3.60 ERA – his best since his rookie year in 2016 (2.13) – in 54 games. Law struck out 12 batters, allowed just three hits (.100 opp. AVG) and did not allow an earned run in in 9.1 innings during Spring Training.

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Nationals Philanthropies honors former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams with Power of Baseball Award

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Washington Nationals Philanthropies, the official charitable arm of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, hosted its annual signature fundraising event Tuesday night, honoring former Mayor of Washington, D.C., Anthony “Tony” Williams with its annual Power of Baseball Award. The Nationals Homecoming Gala, presented by KPMG, raised nearly $1 million to further Nationals Philanthropies’ community impact work. Held at held at The Anthem at The Wharf, the event was attended by members of the Lerner family, the Washington Nationals baseball club and front office, and representatives from several prominent local organizations and philanthropists. Auction items can continue to be bid upon until 8 p.m. ET tonight, March 27, at nats.com/Homecoming.

The Power of Baseball Award, presented by The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation, is Washington Nationals Philanthropies’ most illustrious award, and recognizes an individual, corporation, organization or local group that embodies the positive character and level of achievement exemplified throughout the game of baseball.

“As we begin the 20th season of Washington Nationals baseball, it is my privilege to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of Mayor Williams,” said Marla Lerner Tannenbaum, founding board chair of Washington Nationals Philanthropies and principal owner of Washington Nationals. “His vision for Washington, D.C., his exemplary leadership, and his unwavering belief in the power of baseball make him the undeniable choice for this year's Award.” 

Williams served as Mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2007, and is widely credited with playing a major role in bringing professional baseball back to D.C. through his collaboration with Major League Baseball. As part of this work, the idea for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy was born and written directly into the agreement that brought Nationals Park to Washington, D.C.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our former Mayor, Anthony Williams, tonight’s Power of Baseball Award honoree, without whom the dream of Major League Baseball and the Academy in Washington might have remained just that—a dream,” said Tal Alter, CEO of Nationals Philanthropies.

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Orioles announce 2024 Opening Day celebrations

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The Orioles today announced plans to welcome fans back to Oriole Park for the 2024 season during Major League Baseball’s Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, at 3:05 p.m. ET against the Los Angeles Angels.

Festivities will begin by 2:30 p.­m. with a special pre-game ceremony emceed by Orioles broadcaster KEVIN BROWN. Opening Day celebrations will feature:

  • National Anthem: The MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR will perform the national anthem from the sod farm prior to the game. A soloist from the choir will also perform "God Bless America" from on top of the Orioles dugout during the seventh inning.
  • Moment of Silence: The Orioles will hold a special moment of silence following the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, honoring the victims and their families and sharing an appreciation for our city’s brave first responders who immediately stepped into action.

  • Flag Drop: A 30’ x 42’ flag from Fort McHenry will be l­­­owered from the batter’s eye during the national anthem performance. The flag is a replica of the one that flew over Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. Individuals supported by The Arc Baltimore will help unfurl the American flag. The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships.

  • Honor Guard: Colors will be presented by members of THE BALTIMORE CITY POLICE HONOR GUARD and BALTIMORE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT HONOR GUARD.

  • Flag Kids: Children from the YMCA of Central Maryland will line the orange carpet, holding Orioles flags during the pregame ceremony.

  • Ceremonial First Pitch: As an ode to DAVID RUBENSTEIN, whose father was a postal worker, the Orioles will welcome AUBREE SINGLETARY, the child of a Baltimore City postal worker, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. National Baseball Hall of Famer and member of the new ownership group, CAL RIPKEN, JR., will catch the pitch. Singletary is a fourth-grade student at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School, where the Orioles will provide community support all year long.

  • Mo Gaba’s Fan of the Year: The Orioles will recognize 9-year-old CARTER as the Mo Gaba Fan of the Year. A third-grade student at Timonium Elementary School, Carter was one of the first Orioles fans whom DAVID RUBENSTEIN met while Carter and his mother, Laurie, were shopping at the Orioles Team Store on Monday, March 4. That serendipitous meeting occurred when Carter and his mother took a spontaneous trip to the Team Store, with the opportunity for Carter to pick out any Orioles jersey of his choosing. Now Carter, who plays travel baseball for the Carroll Manor Cardinals, will line up alongside some of his favorite Orioles, including Gunnar Henderson, Cedric Mullins, and Adley Rutschman.

  • Ceremonial “Play Ball”: Representatives of the new ownership group, including DAVID RUBENSTEINMICHAEL AROUGHETIMITCHELL GOLDSTEIN, and MICHAEL SMITH, will yell the ceremonial “Play Ball” prior to the game, ushering in a new chapter of Orioles baseball.

  • Birdland Community Hero, presented by BGE: Again this year, the Orioles will honor and recognize those in our community who have distinguished themselves by selflessly volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others through the Birdland Community Heroes program, presented by BGE. On Thursday, the Orioles will recognize SARA ARTES, volunteer Executive Director of Corner Team, Inc., an organization that she co-founded in 2017 to establish a safe space for her community’s sports, education, and leadership development. As Executive Director, she oversees a small group of part-time staff and a robust volunteer team. The organization impacts over 300 youth and families annually through boxing and fitness classes, enrichment programs, community service, and academic and mentorship initiatives. As part of her recognition the Orioles Charitable Foundation will make a $5,000 donation to Corner Team, Inc.

  • Budweiser Clydesdales: The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will parade from Lot C to Camden Street from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Giveaway: All fans in attendance will receive an Orioles rally towel.

  • Opening Day Auction: Fans will have the opportunity to bid on game-used memorabilia from Opening Day to benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation and special causes such as maternal health equity, military programs, Birdland Community Heroes, youth baseball and softball, and adopt-a-school. The auction will run on Orioles.com/Auction from Thursday, March 28, at 12 p.m. through Sunday, April 7, at 10 p.m. 

For information and reminders on accommodations at Oriole Park, visit Orioles.com/AtoZ.

The gates to Oriole Park at Camden Yards will open three hours before first pitch, at 12:00 p.m. Parking lots will open at 11:00 a.m. Fans attending Opening Day are encouraged to be in their seats, and fans at home are encouraged to tune to MASN, by 2:20 p.m. to enjoy the Opening Day pregame festivities.

Major League Baseball fully approved sale of control stake in Baltimore Orioles to Baltimore Native David Rubenstein

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Baltimore, MD – Major League Baseball owners today unanimously approved the sale of the Baltimore Orioles to a group led by DAVID RUBENSTEIN.

Rubenstein, who announced his intent to buy the controlling stake of the Orioles from the Angelos family in January, leads a diverse investor group, which includes MICHAEL AROUGHETI, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ares Management, MITCHELL GOLDSTEIN, and MICHAEL SMITH, Co-Heads of the Ares Management Credit Group (together joint owners of Charm City Sports Partners, LLC).

Subject to obtaining Major League Baseball approval, it is anticipated that the following will become part of the Orioles ownership group: 

CAL RIPKEN, JR., Orioles legend and National Baseball Hall of Fame Member
MICHELE KANG, businesswoman and owner of the Washington Spirit
THE HON. KURT SCHMOKE, former Baltimore Mayor
GRANT HILL, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer
THE HON. MIKE BLOOMBERG, business leader and philanthropist
BILL MILLER, investor, philanthropist, and lifelong Orioles fan
RICK RIEDER, business leader and lifelong Orioles fan
GREG BARONI, business leader and lifelong Orioles fan
STAN, ALLISON & ALBERT CHEN, business leaders and lifelong Orioles fans
KATE RAMSDELL, lifelong Orioles fan
LAUREN TABAK FASS, attorney and philanthropist
JASON REESE, business leader 

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Orioles sign Kemp to big league contract, designate Maton

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The Orioles today announced that they have signed infielder/outfielder TONY KEMP to a 2024 Major League contract.

Kemp, 32, appeared in eight Cactus League games with Cincinnati after signing as a minor league free agent with an invite to MLB Spring Training on February 24, slashing .333/.391/.619 (7-for-21) with one double, one triple, one homer, two runs scored, five RBI, and two walks. He spent all of last season with Oakland, batting .209/.303/.304 (75-for-359) with 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 42 runs scored, 27 RBI, 44 walks, six hit-by-pitches, and a career-high 15 stolen bases in 124 games for the Athletics. Kemp appeared in 65 games (53 starts) in left field and 57 (46 starts) at second base for the A’s in 2023.

A native of Franklin, Tenn., Kemp has appeared in 734 games with Houston, Chicago-NL, and Oakland while slashing a combined .238/.325/.352 (460-for-1936) with 87 doubles, 15 triples, 35 home runs, 261 runs scored, 184 RBI, 226 walks, 33 hit-by-pitches, and 53 stolen bases. The Cubs acquired him from the Astros in exchange for catcher Martín Maldonado on July 31, 2019, and Chicago sent him to the A’s in exchange for infielder/outfielder Alfonso Rivas on January 13, 2020. During his eight MLB seasons, Kemp has appeared defensively at all three outfield spots, as well as second base and shortstop. He was originally selected by Houston in the fifth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University (TN). 

To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder/outfielder NICK MATON has been designated for assignment. The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.