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Orioles Designate Tyler Nevin, Ryan McKenna For Assignment

Tigers Notes: Nevin, Ibáñez, Rosenthal

The Orioles set their Opening Day roster today and made a few roster moves, including designating outfielder Ryan McKenna and infielder Tyler Nevin for assignment. The 40-man roster count drops to 38.

Nevin, 27 in May, came to the O’s from the Tigers via a cash deal in January. He has been a solid multi-positional player in the minors but has struggled to hit against major league pitching. He has hit .315/.394/.522 at Triple-A over the past two years for a wRC+ of 134. But in 313 major league plate appearances in his career thus far, he has a lesser line of .203/.310/.301.

He came into spring and performed well, hitting .333 /.367/.474, but got squeezed out of a bench job when the O’s recently signed Tony Kemp. Since he’s out of options and there was no room for him on the active roster, he had to be removed from the 40-man entirely.

The O’s will now have a week to trade him or pass him through waivers, but it seems fair to expect some interest from other clubs. Despite being out of options, he has a strong minor league track record and was just hitting well in the spring. He’s capable of playing any of the four corner spots, which could help him find a landing spot somewhere. He also comes with five years of control remaining since he has just over a year of service time.

McKenna, 27, has been serving as a part-time outfielder for the Orioles over the past three years. He’s played in 284 games from 2021 to the present, having hit .221/.299/.318 in his 504 plate appearances, striking out in 33.3% of them. He’s considered a strong defender and has stolen eight bases in nine tries.

He’s also out of options and got squeezed off the roster, meaning the O’s will have a week to find a trading partner or pass him through waivers. He reached arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super Two player and agreed to a salary of $800K, slightly above the $740K league minimum.

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