The Orioles declined their $5 million club option on catcher Nick Hundley on Thursday, but they are still interested in bringing him back, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. They didn’t like the $5 million price tag for a back-up catcher, so they’ll work to re-sign Hundley at a lower price.
In the event the Orioles and Hundley can’t reach an agreement, they will still have Caleb Joseph and Steve Clevenger as options to back up Matt Wieters in 2015.
The Orioles acquired Hundley in a May trade, sending reliever Troy Patton to the Padres in return. In 174 plate appearances with the O’s, Hundley hit .233/.273/.352 with five home runs and 19 RBI.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.