The Orioles have selected the contract of infielder Dilson Herrera to their big league roster, the team announced. In corresponding move, outfielder Mason Williams was designated for assignment to create a 40-man roster spot. The O’s also called up outfielder DJ Stewart from the alternate site.
Herrera signed a minor league deal with the O’s during the offseason, and he is now set to appear in his fourth Major League season of his decade-long pro career. Breaking in with the Mets in 2014-15, Herrera’s only MLB action since was a 53-game stint with the Reds in 2018. Herrera has only a .203/.293/.394 slash line over 266 career plate appearances in the Show, but he can provide the Orioles with multi-positional bench depth all over the infield (particularly at second and third base) and even maybe in the corner outfield slots.
Williams was another of Baltimore’s minor league winter signings, and posted a .545 OPS over seven games and 11 PA this season. Once a highly-touted prospect while coming up in the Yankees’ farm system, Williams hasn’t been able to translate that promise into production, though he has also received only 245 career Major League plate appearances. Williams has hit .281/.318/.382 for the Orioles, Reds, and Yankees since the start of the 2015 season.