The Orioles announced that infielder Jonathan Araúz was reinstated from the restricted list and designated for assignment.
Araúz, 24, made his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2020 and was with them until June of this year, when he went to the division-rival Orioles on a waiver claim. In his big league career, he’s gotten into 68 games and hit .200/.269/.314. He’s played 35 games in the minor leagues this year between the two organizations, hitting .192/.264/.238 in that time.
Yesterday, the O’s placed Araúz on the restricted list when they claimed reliever Jake Reed off waivers. A reason was not provided for his absence, but the club has now cut him from the roster altogether. Since the trade deadline has passed, the Orioles will have no choice but to place him on outright waivers or release waivers in the coming days.
He’s never been much of a threat with the bat but at least has enough defensive versatility to have played the three non-first-base positions on the infield. He’s in his second option year, meaning any team interested in Araúz could keep him in the minors for the remainder of this season and another campaign.