Phillips declines outright assignment as free agency begins

Phillips declines outright assignment as free agency begins
November 5, 2012, 7:30 am
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It was a quiet first weekend of free agency for the Orioles.

On Friday afternoon, they tinkered with the 40-man roster, adding four players who had been on the 60-day Disabled List: Stu Pomeranz, Nolan Reimold, Brian Roberts and Tsuyoshi Wada.

Lew Ford, Zach Phillips and Steve Tolleson were given outright assignments to Norfolk, but Phillips, who pitched in six games in 2012 with the Orioles declined the assignment over the weekend.

As a left-handed reliever, Phillips, who was not on the postseason roster, will probably have a number of teams interested in him.

Last July, Aberdeen manager Gary Allenson told CSNBaltimore.com how unhappy he was with his demotion from Norfolk. Allenson detailed complaints about the organization.

“I’ll be reassessing my career goals at the end of this year, put it that way,” Allenson said at the time.

Allenson is leaving the Orioles, MASNsports.com reported over the weekend. It’s not a surprise.
He spent the last four months of the 2010 season as the Orioles’ third-base coach. Allenson had been Norfolk’s manager and was called to Baltimore when Juan Samuel replaced Dave Trembley as manager in June 2010.

When Buck Showalter was hired two months later, Samuel was asked to move back to coaching third. He declined, and Allenson stayed on.

Allenson and Showalter have a long history, and he hoped to stay in the major leagues, but was sent back to Norfolk to manage in 2011 and re-assigned before 2012.