Orioles acquire left-hander Edgar Olmos in trade with Cubs

The Orioles re-acquired left-handed reliever Edgar Olmos in a trade with the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later, the club announced Thursday.

The 25-year-old Olmos was an Oriole for 13 days this offseason. He was claimed off waivers on Dec. 10 – the final day of the winter meetings – from the Chicago Cubs. But the Cubs re-acquired him on Dec. 23 when they claimed him off waivers from the Orioles.

Olmos will report to minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park rather them major league camp.

With left-hander Brian Matusz likely heading to the disabled list to open the season with a lower back strain, the Orioles are looking for additional left-handed relief depth. On Wednesday, they signed free-agent left-hander Zach Phillips.

They’ve had interest in Olmos throughout this past offseason. He was one of the left-handers they were considering acquiring from the Seattle Mariners as the additional player in the Mark Trumbo trade. They instead acquired left-handed C.J. Riefenhauser, who was also eventually lost to the Cubs on waivers.

Olmos was a nonroster invite to Cubs camp after they took him off their 40-man roster, so the Orioles don’t need to clear 40-man roster space to add him and they can simply re-assign him to minor league camp if his does not make the club.

Still, it leaves the Orioles little time to find out whether Olmos can help them. He pitched to an 8.10 ERA in 3 1/3 innings with the Cubs this spring.

Olmos has pitched just 19 innings in the big leagues, 14 of them coming with the Mariners, with whom he posted a 4.50 ERA.

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