The Baltimore Orioles non-tendered infielder Tim Beckham and catcher Caleb Joseph ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the club announced.
The Orioles tendered contracts to right-handed pitchers Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens and infielder Jonathan Villar.
Beckham, 28, hit .230/.287/.374 during 402 plate appearances last year; he missed time due to core surgery. He was
to make $4.3 million by MLB Trade Rumors.
Beckham was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays just ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline July 31, 2017. Beckham hit .394/.417/.646 in August 2017, but he scuffled in Baltimore thereafter.
Beckham also struggled to find a position to call his own. He played shortstop in 2017, then third base in 2018 until infielder Manny Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After that, he shifted back to shortstop but didn't play every day down the stretch.
Joseph, 32, hit .219/.254/.321 during 280 plate appearances in 2018; he shared time behind the plate with Chance Sisco, Austin Wynns and Andrew Susac. Joseph has developed a reputation as a solid receiver who works well with pitchers, but his struggles with the bat never made him more than a part-time catcher for Baltimore.
Joseph was better in 2017 (.256/.287/.413 during 266 plate appearances) than he was in 2018, but the Orioles will move on from Joseph, who was projected to make $1.7 million by MLB Trade Rumors.
Villar (projected to make $4.4 million), Bundy ($3 million) and Givens ($2 million) all figure to be central figures for the 2019 Orioles unless they're traded before Opening Day.
Villar, who hit .258/.336/.392 during 236 plate appearances and stole 21 bases for Baltimore last year, is set to start at a middle infield position next year. Bundy went 8-16, posted a 5.45 ERA and gave up 41 homers, but he'll be a part of the rotation again. Givens, who struck out 79 hitters in 76.2 innings, could be the club's closer next year.
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