The Baltimore Orioles hosted their first ever Winter Warm-up yesterday at Camden Yards. And it poured. However about 1000 fans braved the elements and came out.
During a question/answer session as part of the event, GM Mike Elias was asked about the catcher position. And he gave a response which indicated that the Orioles might be looking to reunite with former draft pick, Caleb Joseph (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
“He’s on the radar screen for us. We’re looking at some catching depth options and we’ll see where it lands. But we’d love to have him back, for sure. He was great throughout his time here and a very welcomed member of the organization.”
Joseph was a fan favorite when he played for the Orioles before. He was drafted by the Orioles and came up through the Birds’ minor league system. It would be interesting to see him return.
Joseph’s also a veteran and he was noted for how he handled the Orioles’ pitching staff when he was here before. That’s a skill that could come in handy with a presumed young pitching staff in 2020. It’s unclear if Joseph would be coming in as a presumptive starter or as a backup catcher (which is what he was here the first time around). However as I said, he was always a fan favorite. Time will tell if he lands back here.