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Orioles designate Garrett Atkins for assignment

Jun 27, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

The Orioles finally pulled the trigger and rid themselves of Garrett Atkins on Sunday, designating him for assignment to clear 25-man roster space for now-healthy reliever Koji Uehara. This via Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com.

Atkins had played in just six of the Orioles’ last 23 games, so the dump should come as no surprise.

The 30-year-old corner infielder was batting just .219/.282/.292 with one home run in 149 plate appearances.  He signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract this offseason and the O’s will almost certainly have to eat all of that unless another team is crazy enough to step forward and take him on.

Atkins is likely to find a chance with another club once the O’s release him, but a change of scenery probably won’t cure much.  He has regressed steadily since posting a .329/.409/.556 batting line, 29 home runs, 117 runs and 120 RBI in 2006.  And he has never been much of a defender. 

Last year he batted .226/.308/.342 in 399 plate appearances for the Rockies, so one could argue that the Orioles should have never handed him a contract in the first place.  OK, we can all argue that.

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