Baltimore Orioles

Orioles trade reliever Richard Bleier to Marlins for player to be named

Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier sat in the bullpen during Friday’s 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t one of the five men called on to help protect his team’s lead.

After the game, executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias told him why: He was traded to the Miami Marlins for a player to be named.

Bleier, the 32-year-old left-hander who the Orioles added in the spring of 2017, established himself as a gem in their bullpen in 2017 and 2018.

But a torn lat muscle in June 2018 ended his season and required surgery.

Still, the team signed him for $915,000 to avoid salary arbitration this year and he’d pitched well when called upon in the last week.

The trade comes at a time when the Orioles have a deep bullpen due to expanded rosters, though they are set to shrink as the month goes on.

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