The Orioles have released infielder Domingo Leyba, the team informed reporters (including Rich Dubroff of Baltimore Baseball). Leyba had been passed through waivers earlier this month and was on outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. He’ll now hit the open market in search of a new opportunity.
Leyba picked up 96 plate appearances split between the O’s and Diamondbacks this season. It was his second year logging some big league action, as the switch-hitter broke into the majors with the D-Backs in 2019. Between the two clubs, Leyba has picked up 126 plate appearances and hit .158/.238/.223 with one home run.
That’s obviously not particularly impressive production, but Leyba has a far more accomplished .307/.355/.542 line over 609 trips to the plate in his Triple-A career. He’s also a capable defender at second base who has the ability to play some shortstop or third base if necessary. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Leyba latch on elsewhere via minor league deal in the coming days.