Orioles sign Errol Robinson to minor league deal (note on Birdland Caravan)

An organization that isn’t hurting for infield prospects and choices made a depth move this morning.

The Orioles signed 29-year-old utility player Errol Robinson to a minor league deal. The announcement didn’t include mention of a spring training invite but he’s likely on the list.

Robinson is a local product, growing up in Boyds, Md. and attending St. John’s College High School in D.C. The Dodgers drafted him in the sixth round in 2016 out of the University of Mississippi.

The Reds claimed Robinson on waivers in December 2020 and the Cardinals signed him to a minor league contract in July 2022. St. Louis released him three months ago.

Robinson is a career .251/.332/.347 hitter in seven minor league seasons and hasn’t reached the majors. He’s totaled 82 doubles, 10 triples, 28 home runs, 196 RBIs and 95 stolen bases.

The Cardinals divided Robinson’s time last season between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, and he slashed a combined .228/.320/.290 in 80 games.

Versatility could get Robinson to the next level. He’s played second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions, making him an interesting utility candidate.

The Orioles already have prospect Joey Ortiz as a plus-defender who’s able to move around the infield and could make the Opening Day roster. Robinson gives the Orioles an option at Triple-A and coverage in case of injury or a trade.

Jorge Mateo and Ramon Urías also remain in the organization. Mateo signed for $2.7 million to avoid arbitration, and Urías was tendered a contract and must agree to terms by Friday or the sides exchange figures.

No. 1 prospect Jackson Holliday will be competing for a roster spot on Opening Day, with the Orioles envisioning him at shortstop and second base. Jordan Westburg played second and third base after debuting last summer, and Gunnar Henderson moved between two spots on the left side of the infield before receiving American League Rookie of the Year honors.

The Robinson signing is the second Orioles transaction this month following right-hander Dominic Freeberger to a minor league deal on Jan. 4. Freeberger is from Baltimore and attended Calvert Hall.

The search for a starting pitcher continues, and the Orioles also could add a reliever and an extra outfielder as part of their winter agenda.

Note: DL Hall is no longer able to attend the Birdland Caravan.

Catcher James McCann is replacing Hall on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the fan photo opp at Crofton High School and the downtown Catonsville Happy Hours from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at State Fare, El Guapo and The Basement Arcade.


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