Baltimore Orioles GM Dan Duquette has been known to make moves that are cheaper, “diamond in the rough” type of moves. He may have done it again during this offseason.
OF Logan Schafer to the Orioles on a minor-league deal.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 1, 2016
Orioles traded cash considerations (50K) to mets for rhp logan verrett
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 30, 2016
Schafer is an outfielder who had a slash line of .272/.342/.382 with six homers and six stolen bases over 317 plate appearances in Triple-A he saw some limited time in Minnesota last season, where he batted .238/.342/.317.
Schafer was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of the 2008 MLB Amatuer Draft. He spent his first seven seasons in the Brewers organization, where he played parts of 5 seasons for the Major League club. He will receive a spring training invite to play with the Orioles, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN:
As expected, OF Logan Schafer will receive invite to spring training. #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 1, 2016
Verrett had a record of 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 35 games (12 starts) for the Mets last season. He began the season with a great results, starting off with a 0.93 ERA in his first nine games (two starts). He was at his best througout the season in the bullpen where he posted a 2.84 ERA in 31 2/3 innings.
His versatility has intrigued Duquette to the point that he has brought Verrett into the Orioles’ organization twice. He was previously selected in the Rule 5 Draft by the Orioles in 2015.
“Good solid, dependable kid,” Duquette said. “Every staff needs a pitcher who can pitch multiple roles like Logan Verrett. Glad to have him back with [the] O’s.”
Verrett posted a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings of Spring Training in 2015.
His acquisition could also be the end of Vance Worley’s run as an Oriole, according to Brian Pinter of All About The Birds:
With this acquisition of Verrett, Twitter automatically said good-bye to Vance Worley, who is already a non-tender candidate.
The Orioles have until Friday to decide to tender Worley a contract, otherwise he will become a non-tender free agent. Of course, if there isn’t a deal reach by 12:01 Thursday morning (December 1), those non-tender candidates could be in limbo, as you can read here on MLBTradeRumors.