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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman | #15

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: New Orleans
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (0) / KC
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Johnny Giovotella has elected free agency.
The 30-year-old infielder was outrighted off of the 40-man roster in August. He went just 1-for-10 (.100) with four strikeouts in his limited action at the big league level in 2017. Oct 21 - 12:04 PM

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Orioles sent INF Johnny Giavotella outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Giavotella cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. Though he's no longer on the 40-man roster, Giavotella will stay with the organization as minor league depth.
Aug 3 - 9:39 PM

Orioles designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

Giavotella gets the boot following the Tim Beckham trade. The 30-year-old went just 1-for-10 over seven games during sporadic duty with the Orioles.
Aug 1 - 3:41 PM

Orioles purchased the contract of INF Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Norfolk.

Giavotella wasn't able to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster but he stuck around in the minors and now his patience has finally paid off. It's a well-deserved promotion for Giavotella, who was hitting .306 in Norfolk with five homers, 45 RBI and four steals. He'll serve as a backup infielder/utility player in Baltimore.
Jul 6 - 4:54 PM

Johnny Giavotella did not make the Orioles' Opening Day roster.

He'll start off with Triple-A Norfolk, as will Pedro Alvarez. Giavotella had an outside shot of making the club as a backup infielder but instead that role will be filled by Ryan Flaherty. The 29-year-old had an underwhelming spring, hitting just .255 over 55 Grapefruit League at-bats.
Mar 30 - 4:18 PM

Johnny Giavotella said Saturday that his left wrist feels fine and that the injury did not cause him to leave Friday's game.

Giavotella was lifted on Friday after he was hit by a line drive, but the infielder indicated that it was his time to leave the game anyways in the fifth inning. Though he isn't on the travel roster for Saturday, Giavotella said that he could have played. The non-roster invitee is trying to break camp with the O's as a reserve infielder.
Mar 4 - 8:30 AM

Johnny Giavotella was removed from Friday's game after being hit in the wrist with a line drive.

He'll be re-evaluated Saturday and could miss a few days of action. Giavotella is trying to win a bench job as a non-roster invitee.
Mar 3 - 4:23 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-3 in the Orioles' 2-0 shutout of the Tigers on Friday.

Giavotella signed a minor league deal at the beginning of February after failing to find a team that would give him a legitimate chance at a starting job. He's not really versatile enough to help as a bench player, so it'd take an injury to Jonathan Schoop to give him a spot on the Orioles.
Feb 24 - 4:57 PM

Orioles signed 2B Johnny Giavotella to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Giavotella can earn a $1.1 million salary if he cracks Baltimore's major league roster. He hit .260/.287/.376 with a career-best six home runs in 99 games last season for the Angels while playing below-average defense at second base. There is no fantasy relevance here.
Feb 2 - 11:46 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Orioles have agreed to a minor league deal with free agent second baseman Johnny Giavotella.

The 29-year-old will earn $1.1 million plus incentives if he cracks the big league roster. The deal comes with two opt-out clauses: one on March 27 and another on July 31. Giavotella hit .260 with six homers, 31 RBI and four steals over 99 appearances for the Angels in 2016. He gives Baltimore some middle-infield depth behind starters Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy.
Feb 1 - 4:51 PM

Johnny Giavotella has elected to become a free agent.

Giavotella got outrighted off Anaheim's 40-man roster in August after slashing just .260/.287/.376 across 367 plate appearances in 2016. The 29-year-old may be able to find a major league contract on the open market this winter, but it will likely be a low-base-salary one-year deal.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 11:47:00 AM

Angels sent INF Johnny Giavotella outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Angels designated him for assignment last week despite the fact that he's probably their best option at second base. He went through waivers unclaimed though and will continue to provide depth for the Halos. He should return at some point in September.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 07:10:00 PM

Angels designated 2B Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

Giavotella has played sparingly since Cliff Pennington's return from the disabled list and has only collected one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Despite his struggles, it shouldn't take Giavotella long to catch on with a new club.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 07:47:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-3 with a double as the Angels fell to the Royals on Wednesday.

He also had a sacrifice bunt in the contest. With his three-hit effort, Giavotella is now hitting .274/.299/.399 with six homers, 28 RBI and four stolen bases. It's the second straight three-hit game for Giavotella against his former squad.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Royals.

Giavotella also threw in a stolen base for good measure. The big night raised Giavotella's line to .267/.293/.390 with 28 RBI, 43 runs scored and four steals. It certainly had to feel good coming against his former team to boot.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 12:10:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Chance Sisco
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1Tim Beckham
2J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Trey Mancini
2Craig Gentry
3Joey Rickard
CF1Adam Jones
2Austin Hays
3Jaycob Brugman
RF1Seth Smith
2Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kevin Gausman
2Jeremy Hellickson
3Dylan Bundy
4Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Brad Brach
3Darren O'Day
4Mychal Givens
5Richard Bleier
6Miguel Castro
7Donnie Hart
8Gabriel Ynoa
9Tanner Scott
10Jimmy Yacabonis
11Mike Wright