Baltimore Orioles sign RHP Kohl Stewart

The Baltimore Orioles have signed a major league free agent. Yesterday they inked RHP Kohl Stewart to a contract. Now while it’s a major league deal, he can be optioned. Assuming he’s at the big league level, he’s set to make $800k in 2020.

Kohl was outrighted by the Minnesota Twins in November, and elected free agency. He was drafted with the fourth overall pick by Minnesota in 2013, but has mainly been a farm hand to this point. He did appear in nine games (with two starts) in 2019.

I would assume that Stewart’s being brought here to compete for a starting job. That’s the idea, at least. How he looks in spring training will largely dictate his future with the team and where he starts the season. However I’m sure that Mike Elias and company are hoping that he’s able to crack the starting rotation. It would certainly make for an easier start to the season if so.

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