Chris Herrmann to undergo knee surgery

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Athletics catcher Chris Herrmann will undergo arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Herrmann will have cartilage and bone chips cleaned up and a fissure will be repaired. Fortunately, he does not have any ligament damage. The timetable for his recovery will be known once the procedure is completed.

Herrmann, 31, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Athletics in December. In 36 games with the Mariners last season, he hit .237/.322/.421 across 87 plate appearances.

With Herrmann out, the Athletics will likely open the season with the duo of Josh Phegley and Nick Hundley behind the plate. Catching prospect Sean Murphy could also be called up at some point during the season. Murphy is the club’s No. 3 prospect and No. 47 overall, according to MLB Pipeline.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.