Baltimore Orioles DFA Longtime Reliable Reliever

Right-handed pitcher Mychal Givens has faced a challenging season with the Baltimore Orioles, grappling with significant injury setbacks that led to multiple stints on the IL.

Despite a noteworthy career ERA of 3.47 and a history of strong strikeout rates coupled with controlled walks at 28.2% and 10% respectively, Givens has found himself designated for assignment by the Orioles.

His contract, which encompasses a $3 million salary for 2023 and a mutual option for 2024 valued at $6 million, has been underscored by health-related concerns this year.

With a solid track record in his career, Givens' performance has been marked by both promise and obstacles.

His extensive injury history this season casts a shadow over his immediate future, making it uncertain whether he will clear waivers or potentially find interest from other teams willing to offer a prorated league minimum contract, contingent upon his recovery.

As the Orioles take this strategic step, they demonstrate the complex decisions that arise from managing a baseball roster, weighing past achievements against current challenges.

The Orioles' bullpen, meanwhile, has proven resilient in Givens' absence, boasting a noteworthy 3.64 ERA that ranks sixth in the league, along with leading in wins above replacement value for the relief staff. Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports