The Orioles announced a couple of roster moves, with left-hander John Means being reinstated from the 60-day injured list and outfielder Yusniel Diaz clearing outright waivers and being assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Diaz, 26, was once a high-profile prospect out of Cuba. He signed with the Dodgers in 2015 on a $15.5MM deal but was traded to the Orioles as part of the Manny Machado deal at the 2018 deadline. He was added to the club’s 40-man roster in November of 2020 in order to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft.
The past few years haven’t been especially kind to Diaz. He split 2021 between Double-A and Triple-A, getting into 65 games but hitting just .161/.233/.265 while striking out 32.4% of the time. In 2022, he spent most of his time at Triple-A, getting into 70 games there with a slash of .251/.346/.360, wRC+ of 93. He also made his MLB debut but struck out in his only plate appearance. Diaz has seven years of minor league experience and is therefore eligible to elect minor league free agency today, though it’s unclear if he has indeed chosen to do so.
The move for Means is a formality since the injured list goes away today and doesn’t come back until Spring Training. He underwent Tommy John surgery in April and will likely be out of action until some point in 2023, depending on how his rehab proceeds.