The Orioles announced this evening that backstop Anthony Bemboom has gone unclaimed on waivers. He’s accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk and will remain in the organization without occupying a spot on the 40-man roster.
Baltimore just announced this morning that Bemboom had been designated for assignment as the corresponding move to select Ryan O’Hearn onto the 40-man. It appears he’d hit the waiver wire before the official announcement and the DFA was resolved quickly when he cleared waivers this afternoon.
It’s the second time in the past six months the O’s have outrighted Bemboom. Baltimore added him to the roster at the start of the offseason, with the sides agreeing to a split contract that likely pays him higher than the typical salary for a Triple-A player. Bemboom has had the right to refuse the outright assignments. Doing so, however, would mean forfeiting his salary. It’s not surprising he accepted an assignment over the winter and will do so again after a brief return to the majors to start the season.
Bemboom got into two games this year. He’s now played at the major league level in five consecutive years, though his cumulative playing time (78 games, 206 plate appearances) is still less than half a season’s worth of work. The 33-year-old is a .158/.233/.262 hitter at the major league level. He carries a .247/.340/.392 line over parts of six Triple-A seasons and the O’s are clearly comfortable with his work with their pitching staff.
Baltimore has one of the game’s top catchers in Adley Rutschman. Veteran James McCann returned from the injured list over the weekend and will serve as Rutschman’s backup.
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Bemboom is definitely dedicated. With all the injuries in BB this year, his full speed ahead attitude will hopefully be awarded (besides that, he has a great BB name).
Dude hit a big homer for us last year and has a sweet name! Keep grinding, BoomBap!