As expected, the Orioles did not exercise their $3 million option on second baseman Alexi Casilla. He receives a $200,000 buyout and becomes a free agent.
Casilla was acquired on waivers from Minnesota a year ago. He batted .214 with a home run and 10 RBIs. The Orioles hoped that he would add some speed to the team, but he only stole nine bases.
With Ryan Flaherty and rookie Jonathan Schoop on the team and the possibility that Brian Roberts may return, $3 million for Casilla is out of the Orioles price range.
The Orioles did not make qualifying offers to any of their own free agents including Roberts, Scott Feldman, Jason Hammel, Nate McLouth, Michael Morse or Francisco Rodriguez.
If they had and the players accepted, they would be on the hook for a $14.1 million salary next season. As a result, the Orioles won’t receive draft compensation if any of them signs elsewhere.
The Orioles are adding left-handed pitcher Chris Jones to the 40-man roster. Jones was acquired from Atlanta for Luis Ayala and was 4-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 31 games at Norfolk.