Orioles Claim Luis Exposito, Designate Josh Bell

The Orioles announced that they claimed catcher Luis Exposito off of waivers from the Red Sox. To create 40-man roster space for Exposito, Baltimore designated infielder Josh Bell for assignment.

The Red Sox designated Exposito and Michael Bowden for assignment in a recent roster shuffle. The 25-year-old Exposito spent last season at Triple-A, where he posted a .242/.298/.367 line in 359 plate appearances. He prevented one third of stolen base attempts from behind the plate.

Bell, once considered a top prospect, has fallen out of favor in Baltimore. He spent most of last season at Triple-A, where he posted a .253/.320/.438 line in 438 plate appearances as Norfolk's third baseman. He has a .485 OPS in 226 plate appearances at the MLB level.

19 Responses to Orioles Claim Luis Exposito, Designate Josh Bell Leave a Reply

  1. Wrong Red Sox player…

  2. Lastings 3 years ago

    I thought for sure EXPOSito was going to Montreal…

  3. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    adam jones please!

  4. Why are the Orioles doing this? If this guy was any good the Red Sox would have traded him and gotten something good in return. There’s a supply demand issue with catchers this year. There’s no supply of quality available catchers, but there’s a great demand for them.

    • mstrchef13 3 years ago

      Really? You’re getting upset because we DFA’d Josh Bell? You must not be the Zelous type.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       He is a decent defensive catcher lefty.. Just has been brutal at the plate since AA level in 2010.

      Here is a bit on his scouting:

      “Has the potential to be
      an everyday catcher at the major league level, but still needs a lot of

      “he swings at a lot of bad
      pitches. He also has a long swing, and shortening it up will be key to
      success at higher levels.”

      • Chef and Silver… I was grouchy about something else and it came out here. One thing though, I was annoyed last night by Nick Johnson and Endy Chavez stinking out the joint last night and then what does Jim Palmer complain about Robert Andino’s lack of bunting ability. Makes no sense. The O’s only won last night because the home plate umpiring was bad. Where have you gone Jock Conlan and Bill Klem?
        I can only imagine what Hawk Harrelson’s reaction was last night.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

           “The O’s only won last night because the home plate umpiring was bad.”

          Can understand that.. HP umpire called 3 straight strikes on Cody Ross yesterday with the tying run in scoring position (2 outs in 9th) that AGone said even after the game were in the other side batters box and as Don Zimmer would have said in the old days.. “you couldn’t have hit with a wash board” they were so brutally outside and flagrantly bad calls.

          Why umpires are not held accountable for brutally bad calls and fired, or thouroughly gone over year to year for bad/blown calls on a routine basis is beyond me. Then read he has the 2nd highest % of called 3rd strikes in the 9th with 2 outs on all umpires and his K zone clearly changed that AB.. I am going to make a concerted effort from now on to just watch this umpire for own particular interest with 2 outs in the 9th. He seems to be a Joe We3st in the making, which is the LAST thing the game needs another umpire with his own god like persona of power and attitude.

          • Rabbitov 3 years ago

            Except that the umpiring was bad for both teams . . . . . . . 

          • Come on Rabbitov, those bad calls didn’t affect the game until Reimold’s at bat in the 8th inning.

        • OhthePossibilities 3 years ago

          I watched the last 2 innings of the White Sox broadcast on mlb.tv.  Harrelson actually said something to the effect of, “the umpiring has been questionable, but you can’t put this loss on them.”

    • The_Porcupine 3 years ago

       I sort of agree.  Bell has been a great disappointment, but still seems a bit young to give up on already.

  5. Bell will be a Brave before all is said and done, Frank Wren will make sure of it.

    • Billy Buckner 3 years ago

      You can have him. What a disappointment.

      • chico65 3 years ago

        You certainly are qualified to judge disappointments, Mr. Buckner.

      • He just seems like the type Wren would go after. See also: Juan Francisco.

      • thegrayrace 3 years ago

        Don’t be bitter. You only gave up George Sherrill for him.

  6. Damon Bowman 3 years ago

    Anybody paying attention could have seen Bell being released sometime this season from a mile away.  He showed up at the very last minute to Spring Training and wasn’t taking extra practice when other players trying to make the O’s 25-man roster were.  Plus, there were many chances when the O’s could have taken him along for rides in Spring Training when the bus was full of prospects and the regulars stayed home– Bell stayed behind, too.  It sure seems as if his effort and intensity to improve just isn’t there.

  7. bigpat 3 years ago

    Neither player will pan out, much ado over nothing.
    I was slightly worried because I thought it was Pirates prospect Josh Bell, hopefully he won’t be going anywhere for many years haha.

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