In addition to third baseman Manny Machado, who said in April he would play for the Dominican Republic, center fielder Adam Jones will play for the United States and Curacao-born second baseman Jonathan Schoop will play for the Netherlands.
The WBC’s official Twitter account, which seems to be trickling out roster news for each of the teams, announced the Orioles players' inclusions Wednesday afternoon. At the league's general manager meetings in Arizona, executive vice president Dan Duquette told reporters they would be participating as well.
For the trio, their participation will take them away from the Orioles for several weeks as they prepare for the upcoming season as the tournament occurs during spring training.
Machado said early last season that despite being born in the United States, he preferred to play for the Dominican Republic, which is where his parents and grandparents were born. Machado, 24, will be making his first WBC appearance.
He will likely get the chance to face against some of his teammates when the Dominican Republic team plays an exhibition against the Orioles during spring training at Ed Smith Stadium on March 7 in Sarasota, Fla.
The 2016 tournament will mark the second WBC for Jones and Schoop, each of whom played last time the tournament was held in 2013.
Jones had four hits and drove in four runs in six games for the United States that year.
Schoop had two home runs and six RBIs for the Netherlands team, which is bolstered by players from the Dutch Caribbean. Schoop is part of a crop of young infielders from those islands, including Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox, Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels and Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers.
The tweet nor Duquette made any mention of left fielder Hyun Soo Kim, the South Korean star who came to the Orioles last season. Given Kim’s struggles acclimating in spring training last year, it’s unclear whether he’ll want to get out of his routine in Sarasota to participate.
Trumbo named Comeback Player of the Year: On Wednesday night at the 25th annual Players Choice Awards, Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo was selected American League Comeback Player of the Year by his peers.
Trumbo, a free agent who was issued a qualifying offer by the Orioles, led the major leagues with 47 homers and added 108 RBIs this past season, both of which were career highs. Trumbo's career year with the Orioles came after two down campaigns with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.
From 2011 to 2013, Trumbo was one of the league's most feared sluggers, averaging 32 home runs and 95 RBIs with the Los Angeles Angels.
Duquette honored: In other happenings today in Arizona, Duquette was honored with the John Schuerholz Meritorious Service Award marking his 15 years spent as a general manager, first with the Montreal Expos and Red Sox, and now with the Orioles. Schuerholz, the longtime president of the Atlanta Braves, is a Baltimore native who went to Towson University and began his career with the Orioles in the 1960s.