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.
This is closet cleaning time for the Orioles. They’re beginning the retooling of the 40-man roster with the easiest, obvious moves before beginning the hardest work.
The Orioles’ quiet offseason got quite a jolt on Thursday night. After Manny Machado’s frightening injury on Sept. 23, the worst was feared.
Last winter, Buck Showalter was pleased with his new acquisition. “Gardy told me it killed him to lose Casilla,” he said.