The Orioles released reliever Evan Phillips, reports Dan Connolly of the Athletic (Twitter link). Baltimore is also moving on from reliever Cody Carroll and first baseman/corner outfielder Chris Shaw, according to Rich Dubroff of Baltimore Baseball (on Twitter). All three players had already been outrighted off the 40-man roster, so they’ll hit the open market and presumably pursue minor league deals elsewhere.
Phillips appeared in the big leagues every season from 2018-20. He broke in with the Braves and was moved to Baltimore as part of the deadline deal that sent Kevin Gausman to Atlanta. The righty has a 7.50 ERA over 54 big league innings. The 26-year-old has punched out a solid 25.4% of opponents at the highest level but has walked an elevated 14.9% of batters faced. Phillips tossed 25 innings of 5.04 ERA ball with Triple-A Norfolk this season.
Carroll came over from the Yankees in the Zack Britton trade a week before Phillips joined the organization. He’s tossed 19 innings of 13.74 ERA/5.77 SIERA ball in the majors and posted a 5.57 ERA over 21 frames for Norfolk this year. The 28-year-old has racked up plenty of strikeouts in the minors but struggled with walks and has had trouble keeping the ball in the yard against high-level hitters.
Shaw might be the most notable name of the bunch, as he’s a former first-round draft pick of the Giants. The big left-handed hitter posted strong numbers throughout his minor league career but didn’t play well over a scattered 82 MLB plate appearances with San Francisco from 2018-19. Baltimore claimed the 27-year-old off waivers last November, but he spent a good chunk of this season on the minor league injured list and didn’t hit over a brief 50 plate appearance look with the Tides upon his return last month.