O’S PICK UP RELIEVER KALEB ORT, DFA’D BY THE PHILLIES

By Sam Bush

The Orioles have acquired reliever Kaleb Ort from the Phillies for cash considerations.

Outfielder Peyton Burdick was designated for assignment to open space on the 40-man roster. Philadelphia had DFA’s Ort as the corresponding move for the Whit Merrifield signing.

It’s another back-of-the-roster move for Baltimore. The O’s have been the sport’s most active team on the DFA market over the past few weeks. Ort himself has spent a decent chunk of time in DFA limbo. Since the 2023 season ended, he has gone from the Red Sox to the Mariners, Marlins, Phillies and now Baltimore via waivers or minor trade.

The 32-year-old righty has only ever pitched at the big league level in Boston. He appeared in parts of three seasons with the Red Sox, although all but one appearance came over the last two years. He owns a 6.27 ERA in 51 2/3 career innings, including a 6.26 mark over 23 frames a year ago.

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