Coming off a surprisingly successful season where they were in contention for most of the year, the Baltimore Orioles are already making moves to re-tool their roster for 2023.
One of those moves involved demoting a veteran relief pitcher who helped the team down the stretch in 2022.
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The Orioles outrighted reliever Louis Head to Triple-A Norfolk after he cleared waivers. Head, 32, was claimed off waivers by Baltimore last July after struggling with the Miami Marlins. He pitched better for the Orioles in limited action, posting a 1.80 ERA across five appearances in August (albeit with a 2.00 WHIP).
While Head also had success as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021, Baltimore feels he's not currently worth a spot on the MLB roster. Relief pitchers are volatile by nature, but his 6.28 ERA and 1.64 WHIP last year are concerning.
The Orioles also parted ways with a different reliever after Beau Sulser was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sulser will return to the Pirates after splitting the 2022 campaign between Pittsburgh and Baltimore, recording a 3.63 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP over 22 1/3 innings.
One player who is sticking around is catcher Anthony Bemboom, whom the Orioles signed to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old backstop served as a backup catcher behind AL Rookie of the Year candidate Adley Rutschman last season, although he struggled offensively with a .418 OPS in 22 games.