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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman | #16

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: New Orleans
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (0) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the A's.

Giavotella notched an RBI single off Kendall Graveman in the fourth inning. He would later uncork a leadoff ninth-inning double and come around to score on a two-run homer by Shane Robinson, but the Angels would fail to rage against the remainder of the dying of the light, ultimately falling 5-4. With a .272/.291/.412 triple-slash, six homers and 25 RBI over 228 at-bats, Giavotella's fantasy upside is pretty limited.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 01:16:00 AM

Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Giavotella unloaded on an Ervin Santana offering for a two-run dinger in the second inning. It put the Angels up 3-1 and while the Twins would make pushes on the scoreboard, the home team never relinquished the lead after Giavotella's homer. For the season, the 28-year-old second baseman is slashing .274/.298/.396 with four homers and 21 RBI over 197 at-bats. He has homered in back-to-back games. Monday's affair saw him not only homer, but also finish 4-for-4.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 02:40:00 AM

Johnny Giavotella went 4-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Twins.

Giavotella didn't pick up the home run until the ninth inning. It did not have any tangible effect on the outcome of the game. The 28-year-old infielder is hitting .269/.294/.378 with 11 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI over 193 at-bats.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 01:38:00 AM

Johnny Giavotella went 0-for-4 on Monday and is hitting just .169/.183/.237 in 59 at-bats.

The Angels are certainly regretting never bringing in any real competition for Giavotella over the winter. He'll bounce back some offensively, but once defense is factored in, he's still not going to be a very good regular.
Mon, May 2, 2016 11:41:00 PM

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C1Welington Castillo
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Hyun Soo Kim
2Joey Rickard
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Seth Smith
2Craig Gentry
3Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Trey Mancini
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Tillman
2Kevin Gausman
3Dylan Bundy
4Ubaldo Jimenez
5Wade Miley
Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Darren O'Day
3Brad Brach
4Mychal Givens
5Donnie Hart
6Jayson Aquino
7Richard Bleier
8Vidal Nuno
9Stefan Crichton