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Garrett Atkins would "welcome" release from Orioles

Jun 25, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

After the Orioles acquired Jake Fox from the A’s earlier this week, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com speculated that Garrett Atkins would be designated for assignment in order to make room for Saturday’s starter Brad Bergesen. It turns out that won’t happen, as Lou Montanez will go on the disabled list with an oblique strain.

Still, it’s essentially a foregone conclusion that Atkins will be released at some point in the near future. The 30-year-old infielder was signed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with an $8.5 million club option for 2011 after being non-tendered by the Rockies last December, but entering Friday’s action, he is batting just .219/.282/.292 with one home run and nine RBI over 137 at-bats. He has just 11 at-bats this month and is making his first start since June 14 on Friday.

With the writing clearly on the wall, Atkins told Ghiroli that he doesn’t view his inevitable release as a bad thing.


“Not at all,” he said. “[It would] be a welcome opportunity.”

By the way, Atkins just grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning against the Nationals. He’s doing all the little things to earn his release. You have to respect that.
 

  1. John - Jun 25, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    geez…i think the orioles were your welcome opportunity. i’ll be surprised if he ever gets an extended chance in the big leagues again…his career has been absolutely derailed.

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