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The Orioles and 1B/OF Trey Mancini avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.75 million contract. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mancini missed the 2020 season due to receiving treatment for his colon cancer. The good news is he's expected to be a full-go for 2021.

Category: Transactions


Orioles GM Mike Elias says he envisions top prospect Adley Rutschman opening the 2021 season in Double-A. (Source: Joe Trezza on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rutschman the No. 1 pick in the 2019 amateur draft and is widely considered the best catching prospect in baseball. He has yet to play in Double-A and missed some important development time this past summer with the cancellation of the minor league season. Still, it isn't out of the question to think that Rutschman can make his big league debut by the end of next year. He's a highly coveted asset in dynasty leagues right now.


Orioles 1B/DH Chris Davis says he's "100 percent" committed to playing in 2021. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis hit .115 with a .337 OPS in 16 games for the Orioles this summer. He dealt with knee issues and ended up being shut down in mid-September. The 34-year-old is still owed $46 million over the next two seasons.

Category: Injury Updates


Alex Cobb "will draw interest" from other clubs but the "plan is for him to stick around for 2021," per Orioles general manager Mike Elias. (Source: Jon Meoli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's possible the Orioles would like to keep Cobb around for his veteran presence but he is owed $15 million--the final year of a four-year contract he signed with Baltimore back in 2018--so a trade can't be ruled out. The 33-year old veteran posted a 4.30 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts over 52 1/3 innings (10 starts) in the 2020 season.


Hanser Alberto was non-tendered by the Orioles on Wednesday and will become a free agent. (Source: Baltimore Orioles on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alberto got off to a hot start in 2020 but started to fade midway through the season. He finished with a .283/.306/.393 batting line to go along with three home runs and 22 RBI across 209 at-bats. The Orioles figured he wasn't worth negotiating with in arbitration and the 28-year old will become a free agent.

Category: Transactions


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Angels have traded for SS Jose Iglesias from the Orioles. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's still unclear what Baltimore is receiving in return. Iglesias had his $3.5 million option picked up by the Orioles earlier this offseason, and he'll slide into Los Angeles as their Andrelton Simmons replacement. Iglesias hit a superb .373 to go along with a .956 OPS in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Pedro Severino has agreed to a one-year, $1.825 million deal with the Orioles, per Mark Feinsand. The 27-year old backstop was arbitration-eligible for the first time this year. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a potentially savvy move for the Orioles as Severino got off to a hot start in 2020 before a hip injury slowed down his production. He finished the year with a .250/.322/.388 batting line to go along with five home runs and 21 RBI over 160 at-bats. The Orioles are just locking up some depth at the position until top-prospect Adley Rutschman is ready to go.

Category: Transactions


Orioles OF prospect Heston Kjerstad won't participate in the team's instructional league due to an "undisclosed medical, non-sports related reason." (Source: Jon Meoli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kjerstad was the organization's first-round pick (second overall) in the 2020 amateur draft. It's disappointing that he won't get this extra work in, but the future remains bright for the former Arkansas Razorback.

Category: Injury Updates


Renato Nunez went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Blue Jays, taking a walk and hitting a single and a double. He scored a run and drove one in himself in the 8-5 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Nunez finishes 2020 with a .256 average, 12 homers, 29 runs, and 31 RBI. In other words, the exact season that Nunez was expected to have. Expect him to be drafted as a corner infielder in deeper leagues next year.

Category: Game Recaps


DJ Stewart played right field and hit second in the season finale against the Blue Jays, going 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. The Orioles won, 7-5.

Fantasy Impact: Stewart had quite a two-week run in early September, but his overall slash line of .193/.355/.455 leaves something to be desired. He will battle for the left field job in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Cedric Mullins played center field and hit ninth on Sunday against the Blue Jays, going 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBI. The Orioles won, 7-5.

Fantasy Impact: Mullins had a surprising season, finishing with a .271 average, .723 OPS, and seven stolen bases. He will battle for a fourth outfielder role in 2021, assuming that Ryan Mountcastle or DJ Stewart mans left field.

Category: Game Recaps


Cesar Valdez pitched the ninth inning of the season finale against the Blue Jays, not allowing a runner en route to this third save. The Orioles won, 7-5.

Fantasy Impact: Valdez is a very interesting player, throwing a changeup 80%+ of the time. He finishes 2020 with a 1.26 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts in 14 and 1/3 innings. As fun as this story is, he likely won't be fantasy relevant as we enter 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Keegan Akin gave up four runs on five hits and a walk over three innings against the Blue Jays on Sunday. Two of those hits were homers and accounted for three of the runs. The Orioles ended up winning 7-5, leaving Akin with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Akin finishes 2020 with a 4.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 25 and 2/3 innings. He showed promise towards the end of the year, and will likely be on and off the waiver wire in deeper leagues all next year.

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Cole Sulser relieved Hunter Harvey in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, getting two outs and striking out one. The Orioles lost, 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Sulser had a very up-and-down season, and will likely finish 2020 with a 5.56 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts in 22 and 2/3 innings. He will likely not be relevant in fantasy circles next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Austin Hays hit leadoff on Saturday and went 3-for-4 against the Blue Jays with three singles. He scored once in the 5-2 defeat.

Fantasy Impact: Hays is on his revenge tour in September, coming off the IL September 14th and hitting .388 with a 182 wRC+ since then. He will be a popular late-round draft pick next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Hunter Harvey relieved John Means in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, but he could only get one out. He first hit Teoscar Hernandez with a pitch, then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a throwing error, and then Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer. He was relieved by Cole Sulser after giving up a single to Alejandro Kirk. The Orioles would go on to lose, 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Harvey's struggles in this one makes his final 2020 line look bad, but he was actually pretty sharp over eight innings this year. He will have a shot at the closer gig next year, and will be one of the final relievers taken in drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


John Means started Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, giving up one run on a solo homer to Cavan Biggio. He finished the day allowing just that one hit, a walk, and struck out nine over six innings. The Orioles lost, 5-2, dropping Means's record to 2-4.

Fantasy Impact: Means was on his revenge tour in September, allowing one run in every start since September 2nd. He finishes 2020 with a 4.53 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 43 and 2/3 innings. He will likely be drafted around the same spot that he was last year.

Category: Game Recaps


Chance Sisco played catcher and hit seventh on Friday against the Blue Jays, striking out three times and hitting a single. The Orioles lost, 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Sisco has simply been awful lately, hitting .163/.281/.204 in his last 15 games. Keep him on the waiver wire this weekend.

Category: Game Recaps


Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk on Friday against the Blue Jays. The Orioles lost, 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Mountcastle's power has dipped a bit since coming onto the scene, but his overall .333/.389/.504 line is helping fantasy players in all leagues. He will likely be a top-175 pick next year.

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Thomas Eshelman relieved Jorge Lopez on Friday after Lopez gave up eight runs in two innings. Eshelman only gave up two runs on six hits over four innings while striking out one. The Orioles lost, 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Eshelman finishes 2020 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and just 16 strikeouts in 34 and 2/3 innings. He will likely be on the Orioles' roster as a long reliever next year, but remains irrelevant in fantasy circles.

Category: Game Recaps