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Baltimore’s Orioles claimed Pedro Severino on outright waivers this afternoon. Severino was out of options this Spring, and was the odd man out in Washington after the Nationals added Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes this winter.

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Pedro Severino, once considered the Washington Nationals’ catcher of the future, is now a Baltimore Oriole, having been claimed on outright waivers by the Orioles this afternoon, as announced on the Nats’ PR Twitter feed.

Severino, 25, struggled in 2018, given a chance to start in the majors on a regular basis when catcher Matt Wieters went down with an injury.

Over 70 games and 213 plate appearances, the young catcher put up a .168/.254/.247 line with nine doubles, two home runs, and 32 wRC+ in a -0.7 fWAR campaign.

Severino shared time with Spencer Kieboom while Wieters was injured, but was sent down when the veteran catcher returned.

Over the winter, the Nationals addressed their issues behind the plate by adding both Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes to the mix, leaving Severino, who was out of options, on the outside looking in this Spring.

Asked at WinterFest in December, what he thought of the Nationals’ moves to bring in two new backstops, Severino, perhaps reading the writing on the wall, said he couldn’t worry about things he couldn’t control.

“It’s just not something I can control,” he explained.

“There is a boss who takes care of those things. All I can do is focus on my work. This is a business and those things kind of happen. There are 29 other teams and you’ll see things like this happen, so I just worry about me.”

Now he’ll get an opportunity an hour north of the nation’s capital with a rebuilding Orioles team, while the Nationals move on with their new catching corps.

With Severino going to the O’s, the Nationals’ 40-Man roster is now down to 39 players.