Buck Showalter

How the Orioles, with Joseph and Sisco, might benefit from not having a primary catcher in 2018

How the Orioles, with Joseph and Sisco, might benefit from not having a primary catcher in 2018

What was meant to be an innocuous, late-season notebook item in a season that was spiraling out of control proved to be so much more.

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph has proven over the last few seasons that he's a player who benefits from playing more than once or twice a week, as evidenced by two strong seasons playing for and alongside Matt Wieters in 2014 and 2015.

When he slumped through 2016, he was playing sparingly. And in 2017, he got his career back on track in part because there was regular playing time around Welington Castillo's various injuries — until late in the season, when Castillo started playing everyday again and Joseph's production fell off.

So when...

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