The Padres are in agreement with the catcher on a split contract. Pedro SeverinoFanSided’s Robert Murray reports (Twitter link). Murray said the deal will pay him $1.95 million. Severino says he won’t secure an immediate spot on the 40-man roster San Diego Union-Tribune Jeff Sanders.
Severino, 29, has appeared in the majors in each of the past eight seasons. He entered as a depth player with the Nationals, suiting up in 35 combined games between 2015-17. The backstop got a fair amount of action over the next four seasons, which was split between the Nats and Orioles. While he struggled mightily in his final season in Washington, he posted respectable offensive numbers for a quarterback in his three years in Baltimore.
From 2019-21, Severino hit .249/.315/.397 in 938 plate appearances. He’s connected for roughly league average strikeout and walk numbers with 29 home runs. However, the Orioles did not tender him in lieu of his $3.1MM arbitration salary last season.
Although it was partly motivated by the arrival of the future Adele Rutschman, the O’s decision also reflected Severino’s defensive weaknesses. Public metrics make him a below-average defender behind the dish. In 2021, he would rank worse than the average pitching signer on Statcast. In that regard, he has less than 10 runs in 2021. Severino was behind 10 hits and 66 wild pitches in 883 innings last season. The Orioles had the second-highest total in MLB in both categories, and while the television crew certainly bears some of the responsibility, it didn’t reflect particularly well on his career as a receiver.
After being waived by Baltimore, he was signed to the Brewers on a $1.9MM free agent deal. Before the start of the season, Severino tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug clomiphene. He attributed the results to his fertility treatments in the Dominican Republic.
Severino was suspended for 80 games. After the ban, he found Milwaukee immediately Victor Caratini to combine with the Padres Omar Narvaz. The Brewers reinstated Severino in July, but he appeared in just eight games as the team’s No. 3 hitter before being designated for assignment. He went unclaimed and played the season in Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .308/.349/.496 with four homers in 126 plate appearances.
The right-handed hitter is eligible for minor league free agency at the end of the year. He found a new place to stay in San Diego, the fourth company in his career. The cowards currently have it. How about Austin, Luis Camposano And Brett Sullivan. (coincidentally part of Carattini’s trade package) as backstops on the 40-man roster. Severino slides behind that team as a depth option.