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Orioles decline Alexi Casilla’s option

Nov 4, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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Baltimore has declined its $3 million option on Alexi Casilla for 2014, making the infielder a free agent with a $200,000 buyout.

Casilla was claimed off waivers from the Twins in November, but played sparingly for the Orioles and hit just .214 with a .563 OPS in 64 games. He’s still just 29 years old, but Casilla has a .634 career OPS and hasn’t really played enough shortstop to be considered a true utility man.

He made $1.7 million this year, but may have to settle for a minor-league deal in 2014.

  1. DJ MC - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    I was in my car earlier this season, and I turned on the Orioles game. They were playing the Twins, and I happened to catch it in the middle of an at-bat.

    “Here’s the 0-2 pitch to Casilla…swing and a miss, he stuck him out to end the inning.”

    I got really excited…for about two seconds, until I remembered Casilla was on the Orioles now.

    He’s a fine defensive player, at least at second, but he never hit enough to grab a hold on the second base job before Brian Roberts came back. I won’t miss him, but I wish him the best.

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