Today: Bemboom has accepted the outright assignment, per an announcement from the team.
May 27: Anthony Bemboom has cleared waivers and been outrighted by the Orioles to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. The catcher had been designated for assignment last week as the corresponding move to the promotion of star prospect Adley Rutschman.
Bemboom was outrighted by the Dodgers last year, thus making him eligible to reject this outright assignment, like all players who already have one outright on their ledger. At this point, there’s no indication whether Bemboom has accepted or rejected, though there would be some logic either way.
If he were to opt for rejecting, he would become a free agent and look for the best opportunity around the league. However, based on his clearing waivers, that illustrates no team is currently willing to give him a 40-man roster spot and he would only find minor league deals anyway. If he were to accept, he’d likely stay third on the Baltimore catching depth chart behind Rutschman and Robinson Chirinos. The team also has Jacob Nottingham in Triple-A, though that was also the case earlier this year when Bemboom was selected to the big league roster while they waited for Rutschman to recuperate from injury. Although Nottingham is off to a blazing start in Triple-A this year, hitting .268/.417/.607, 168 wRC+.
In his 22 MLB games so far this year, Bemboom has hit .115/.207/.212, though that might be weighed down by a .147 BABIP. On the more encouraging side of things, he did walk in 10.2% of his plate appearances, something that’s not totally without precedent, as he’s often posted good walk rates in Triple-A, as well as in 21 MLB games in 2020 with the Angels, when he walked 11.7% of the time.
He was great for the Orioles
Yeah, his hitting was meh, but he was a good catcher, so I hope he stays
Austin Wynns deserves another shot!
Well I read Wynns is with the Phillies. Now
Bemboom goes the dynamite.
Kieboom, Bemboom…who else?
He is staying for a shot at backup job when Chirinos gets traded at the deadline
Chirinos traded to who? The Schenectady Squirrels?
Veteran C w a reasonable performance history will probably have a market. Just not a very deep position and Chirinos will basically be a salary dump.
C Yards Jeff
He knew this was a possibility when he signed with Baltimore. Wow. He got playing time and did well. Me? I’d stick around too.
And, just like that,
Catcher Anthony, although summoned to the majors
to help out the Orioles when the team
found themselves in a pinch for a Catcher,
is DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT –
off the 40 man roster,
yet he graciously considers accepting the assignment
and passing up the opportunity to become a FREE AGENT
Jacksson13 – in all fairness, if you are DFA’d by the Orioles you are pretty much off the map as a free agent consideration. May as well play.
I can’t wait for the day when it says “Phillies outright Rhys Hoskins”