Orioles Release Garrett Atkins

JULY 6th: Atkins has cleared waivers and been released by the Orioles, making him a free agent, reports Connolly.

JUNE 27th: The Orioles have officially designated Atkins for assignment, reports Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. The move clears a spot for Uehara to be activated from the disabled list. Atkins told Ghiroli earlier this weekend that he wouldn't look at it as a bad thing if the O's decide to release him.

JUNE 24th: Baltimore will likely designate Garrett Atkins for assignment, writes Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.  The O's must free up two spots on the 25-man roster in order to welcome back Brad Bergesen and Koji Uehara.

Atkins has been disappointing so far this season, hitting .219/.282/.292 with one homer in 149 plate appearances.  The 30-year-old inked a one-year, $4.5MM deal with the O's over the winter.  Baltimore's acquisition of Jake Fox on Tuesday was a sign that Atkins' time in orange and black was nearing an end.

To clear the second spot, the Orioles could either demote Frank Mata to Triple-A or designate fellow reliever Matt Albers for assignment. Seldom used fourth outfielder Lou Montanez could also be shown the door, though he will likely be kept until Felix Pie returns from the disabled list.


10 Responses to Orioles Release Garrett Atkins Leave a Reply

  1. When you’re released by the worst offense in baseball, you’re having some problems.

  2. jdub220 5 years ago

    I’m surprised it took this long.

  3. rox13 5 years ago

    Great second half player who crushes lefthanders. Could be a steal for a playoff contender.

  4. twins33 5 years ago

    Please stay away from the Twins. Thank you.

  5. Smileybush 5 years ago

    No one can overpay middling bums like MacFail. Hey Pete – you got another $4.5M I can blow through?

  6. oleosmirf 5 years ago

    with Tatis on the DL I wonder if the Mets would be interested. no risk/high reward

    • twins33 5 years ago

      I think it’s only high reward if he signs with the Rockies and only plays home games. Though I think him playing well at Coors isn’t even guaranteed anymore.

    • twins33 5 years ago

      I think it’s only high reward if he signs with the Rockies and only plays home games. Though I think him playing well at Coors isn’t even guaranteed anymore.

  7. rovert22044 5 years ago

    Who wants to be the Mets sign him in a week? Any takers?

  8. JST1331 5 years ago

    Hope Phillies don’t get him we have enough problems as it is.

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