The Orioles announced they had traded a reliever Paul Fray to the Diamondbacks for minor league right-hander Luis Osorio. Arizona immediately offered him to Triple-A Reno, and the club had a pair of 40-man vacancies after placing Cooper Hummel and Kyle Nelson on the COVID-19 injured list this afternoon.
Baltimore had designated Fry for assignment over the weekend. That marked a fairly quick downturn after the southpaw had a great start to the 2021 campaign that looked to make him a trade chip at maturity. From the start of the 2021 season until the All-Star Break, Fry held opposing hitters to a pitiful .210/.326/.218 slash in 33 innings. His 4.09 ERA was pretty ordinary, but he knocked out 31% of opposing hitters while inducing grounders on more than half of the balls in play against him.
Unfortunately, Fry’s performance has dropped sharply since then. Going back to the All-Star Break, the Michigan native has an 8.54 ERA in just 26 1/3 frames. Fry continued to keep the ball on the ground, but his strikeout rate dropped to 22% below average while his walk percentage soared to an unsustainable 19.7%. The O’s went for Fry a few times over that span and eventually moved on after allowing nine runs in his 12 frames this year.
It’s possible that the Snakes’ acquisition was prompted by Nelson’s loss to the virus roster, but the fact that they gave up a minor league arm would apparently indicate that Fry could hold a 40-man spot. Osorio, 19, has signed with the D-Backs of Venezuela. He spent last season in the Dominican Summer League.