Brady Anderson, who was hired by the Orioles last winter as a special assistant to the director of baseball operations, has now been promoted to vice president of baseball operations.
That’s borderline in terms of a post-worthy topic, even on a slow news day, but I mostly just wanted to note this excellent bit of sportswriter snark from Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun:
No word yet on how their roles will change, but the shorter titles are expected to save paper in future press releases, confirming the club’s commitment to the environment.
Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.
Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.
The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.