Growing pains in Atlanta, or big changes coming?
SEP 9, 4:50a ET | Ken Rosenthal
Rotowire: Mar 24 / 9:33a ET
News: Clevenger remains a candidate to be the backup catcher to begin the season, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Baltimore is going defense first in making the decision between Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia. Clevenger is the only one of the three on the 40-man roster, but the priorities remain clear. Clevenger struggled last year defensively and that prompted the Orioles to trade for Nick Hundley and send Clevenger to the minors.
Rotowire: Mar 14 / 5:11a ET
News: Clevenger does not feel like he has gained an edge in the job for the backup catcher position, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Clevenger is battling Caleb Joseph, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia for the spot. Joseph remains the favorite, while Clevenger and the others are underdogs. Clevenger slashed a serviceable .305/.366/.389 with Triple-A Norfolk last year, but he did not perform well in his MLB role (.225/.289/.337 in 35 games). The Orioles have more confidence in his bat than his defense, and that is the reason Joseph gained an edge last year in the first place.
Rotowire: Dec 29 / 10:22a ET
News: Clevenger's future in the organization is questionable following Baltimore's acquisition of Ryan Lavarnway, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Clevenger was the backup catcher last spring, but the Orioles traded for Nick Hundley and optioned Clevenger after Matt Wieters missed the second two-thirds of the season. It seems the Orioles are not satisfied with Clevenger's defense. The addition of Lavarnway tallies the Orioles with five catchers on the roster. Clevenger could be a trade target as it seems improbable the team will carry this many catchers on the 40 man roster out of spring training.