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Second baseman Yolmer Sánchez’s departure shows short-term fixes will make for long road to contending for Orioles | ANALYSIS

Being part of the infield for these rebuilding Orioles often means not being part of the long-term solution. The team’s decision to move on from second baseman Yolmer Sánchez after five weeks of spring training is only the latest example.

Sánchez, a waiver claim this fall who was only a year removed from a Gold Glove award at second base, was the presumptive starting second baseman for the 2021 Orioles.

But when the team needed a roster spot for pitcher Adam Plutko after acquiring him from Cleveland on Saturday for cash considerations, Sánchez ended up designated for assignment, leaving the Orioles without a permanent solution at that spot.