Orioles select contract of Bridwell, Lee and Triggs
The Orioles have selected the contracts of right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell and Andrew Triggs and lefty Chris Lee, setting their 40-man roster for Friday’s deadline.
The moves protect the young trio from being taken in next month’s Rule 5 Draft by another club. The 40-man roster is now full, though the Os could drop a player to make room for a Rule 5 guy at the Winter Meetings. Baltimore has been incredibly active in the Rule 5 Draft in recent years and has been able to keep infielder Ryan Flaherty and pitcher TJ McFarland as a result.
Bridwell, a former ninth-round pick in 2010, went 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 18 starts for the Baysox. He allowed 43 earned runs over 97 innings. He is currently ranked as MLB.com’s 20th-best Orioles prospect.
Lee, acquired from the Houston Astros on May 18, has gone 22-25 with a 3.83 ERA (155 ER/364.2 IP) in 85 games (69 starts) over five minor league seasons. The 23-year-old went a combined 10-10 with a 3.29 ERA for three affiliates in 2015.
The 26-year-old Triggs pitched to a 1.03 ERA (7 ER/61.0 IP) with 70 strikeouts and went a perfect 17-for-17 in save opportunities with Double-A Bowie this season. He posted the lowest walks per 9.0 innings ratio (1.48) and ranked fifth with a 10.33 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio among Eastern League relievers.
The Rule 5 Draft takes place Dec. 10, the final day of MLB’s Winter Meetings, with each pick costing $50,000. Players are eligible if they were drafted out of high school in 2011 or out of college in 2012 and —if selected— must remain on the active 25-man roster for the entirety of the following season or be offered back to their former organization for $25,000.