Baltimore Orioles Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Valera was traded to the Orioles on Wednesday as part of the Manny Machado deal, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Valera appeared in 20 games for the Dodgers this season but struggled to make an impact, hitting just .172/.273/.172. The 26-year-old infielder should have a far easier time carving out a regular role in Baltimore and will have a friendly home park in which to do so. He won't get the opportunity right away, though, as he's been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
News: Bannon was shipped to Baltimore as part of the Manny Machado trade, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Bannon doesn't have a ton of prospect pedigree, having been selected 250th overall by the Dodgers in 2017, but he's done nothing but perform since becoming a pro. He posted a .336/.425/.591 line with 10 homers in 40 games for short-season Ogden last season and has followed that up with a .296/.402/.559 line and 20 homers in 89 games for High-A Rancho Cucamonga so far this year. He's still a few years away from challenging for a major-league roster spot.
News: Pop was sent to Baltimore as part of the package for Manny Machado, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Pop was a seventh-round pick for the Dodgers in 2017. In 43.1 innings this season split between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga, the reliever has a sparkling 1.04 ERA. The 21-year-old Canadian is likely still a few years away from competing for a big-league bullpen spot.
News: Kremer was traded to Baltimore on Wednesday as part of the package for Manny Machado, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Kremer was recently promoted to Double-A Tulsa after a successful start to the season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He made 16 starts at High-A with a 3.30 ERA and an excellent 35.5 percent strikeout rate. The 22-year-old righty appeared in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Israel. He has a fastball that sits in the low 90s with arm-side run as well an above-average curveball, though he still has decent amount of reliever risk. He's likely at least a year away from being considered for a major-league role.
News: Diaz was shipped to Baltimore as the headliner in a five-player package for Manny Machado on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: The shift in organizations should give Diaz an easier path to the majors and a friendlier home park when he arrives. The 21-year-old outfield is hitting an excellent .314/.428/.477 with six homers and eight steals in 59 games for Double-A Tulsa, following a similar 31-game stint at the same level last season. He could be on track to reach the majors sometime next season.
News: Wojciechowski opted out of his contract with Baltimore and became a free agent Wednesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wojciechowski will look to find a new home after spending the entirety of the first half of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level with the Norfolk Tides. Across 19 appearances (12 starts) with Norfolk, Wojciechowski logged a 3.51 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He pitched in 25 big-league games for the Reds last season and has the ability to serve as a long reliever or make a spot start in the majors.