Six months ago, the Orioles sent Robert Andino to the Seattle Mariners. They didn’t want to pay Andino what he’d get in arbitration, and with Brian Roberts, Ryan Flaherty and the recently acquired Alexi Casilla, they felt second base was adequately covered.
They received outfielder Trayvon Robinson for him. Robinson has been outrighted to Norfolk, and now the Mariners have designated Andino for assignment.
With Roberts sidelined for at least another few weeks, Flaherty at Norfolk, and Casilla showing little offensively, it’s not inconceivable that Andino could be claimed on waivers by the Orioles.
He’s probably not worth the prorated $1.6 million that he’s making this season, especially with a .184 average. After being exiled to what he termed “Alaska,” Andino hasn’t played well. He didn’t play especially well as a fulltime replacement for Roberts last year. His poor hitting helped open the door for Flaherty.
But, Andino has always been a favorite of Buck Showalter. He was on the verge of being released when Showalter arrived, and he was intrigued by him. Showalter watched him develop as a player and a person, and was sad to see him go.
“It’s a tug on my heart,” Showalter said after the trade was announced.
It was tough on Orioles’ fans, too. Andino will have a special place in their hearts for his exciting hit against Boston that knocked them out of the playoffs. They also enjoyed his “Andino at the Movies” reviews on the scoreboard.
Dan Duquette saluted Andino. “He helped us turn around the ballclub, too,” he said last November.
If you ask Orioles fans who they’d rather have: Yamaico Navarro or Robert Andino, it wouldn’t be much of a choice.