Baltimore manager Dave Trembley didn’t mince words Monday when asked about the depth in his heavily beleaguered bullpen. Trembley was asked if he would have to consider a roster move to fresh up his relief staff, and he paused briefly before answering.
“I’ll probably have something for you after the game, I’d think,” he said.
The most likely option involved sending Matt Albers — one of the few relievers on staff with remaining options — to Triple-A Norfolk and recalling Kam Mickolio. Jim Miller could also get the call, but Trembley was complimentary of Mickolio after his last stint in the Majors.
— Spencer Fordin
The Orioles made a few expected moves Sunday, when they reassigned Matt Wieters to their Minor League camp in Sarasota and placed Rich Hill on the disabled list with a strained left elbow. Baltimore also optioned right-hander Jim Miller to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Wieters and the Hill news have been reported in recent days, and Miller’s option was a matter of time because he hasn’t been healthy enough to pitch for all of spring.
The Orioles reached terms with several of their younger players on Thursday, most notably center fielder Adam Jones and right-handed starter Radhamez Liz. Jones will make $435,000 if he’s in the Majors and could earn a $25,000 bonus if he makes the All-Star team. Liz, meanwhile, signed a split contract worth $147,644 in the Minors and $402,500 in the Majors.
Baltimore also reached terms with relievers Kam Mickolio and Jim Miller on split contracts worth $65,000 in the Minor Leagues and $400,000 in the Majors.
Lou Montanez, who won the Triple Crown in the Double-A Eastern League last year, signed a split deal worth $76,188 in the Minors and $400,000 in the Majors. And finally, Wilfrido Perez signed a split contract worth $32,500 and $400,000 if he’s able to make the Majors.