2:16pm: Wojciechowski has been released by the organization, according to the International League transactions page.
1:04pm: Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with the Orioles, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports on Twitter. It is not entirely clear whether the organization still has an opportunity to add him to the MLB roster, though Murray suggests that the righty is set to return to the open market.
Wojciechowski joined the Baltimore organization on a minors deal over the winter after he elected free agency from the Reds. The 29-year-old, who was selected by the Blue Jays with the 41st overall pick of the 2010 draft and eventually debuted with the Astros, has compiled a 6.64 ERA in 78 2/3 MLB innings to this point in his career.
As Murray notes, Wojciechowski has turned in a pair of impressive starts of late. And he has generally succeeded at Triple-A, posting a 3.51 ERA in 84 2/3 innings (over a dozen starts and seven relief appearances) while carrying 9.5 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9. He’s also allowing quite a few long balls, a problem that plagued him last year in Cincinnati.
If Wojciechowski is indeed already headed for the open market, he’ll be looking to find an organization that can offer him a path to the majors. If the O’s still have a chance to add him to their own roster — a frequent aspect of such contractual provisions — then the team will surely at least give it serious thought, particularly since Wojciechowski can still be controlled for the league-minimum salary for future seasons.