Eight men out. On Friday, Travis Snider became the eighth player from the Opening Day roster to leave the organization. Snider was designated for assignment.
He was the third player from the team that lined up at Tropicana Field on Apr. 6 to depart in the past week. Seven days ago, the Orioles traded Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake, who was called up to take Snider’s place on the roster, and designated Bud Norris for assignment.
July brought the departures of Delmon Young and reliever Wesley Wright, who pitched only two games for the Orioles in the season’s first week before he went on the disabled list.
Earlier in the season, backup catcher Ryan Lavarnway, infielder Everth Cabrera and outfielder Alejandro De Aza also left. De Aza was designated for assignment in June, and was eventually traded to Boston for minor league pitcher Joe Gunkel. The Orioles are reportedly paying $2 million of the $3 million remaining on De Aza’s contract.
Why so many departures?
One of the problems is that the team hasn’t produced many position players from the organization, and the players available on the free agent market are veterans and don’t have options.
If Snider had options, perhaps the team would have sent him to Norfolk before now to try and find his stroke.
Some have wondered about Dariel Alvarez, who is not yet on the 40-man roster. If Alvarez were added now, and the Orioles decided he wasn’t ready, he could be optioned when Steve Pearce returns from the disabled list. They don’t want to use up an option on Alvarez now.
If they wait until Sept. 1 to add him, Alvarez will have three options beginning in 2016.
The Orioles have been trying to trade both Norris and Chris Parmelee, who they also designated for assignment last Friday, without success. Snider, who showed power last year and has a relatively affordable contract (approx $700k left on a $2.1 million deal), could be traded or claimed on waivers.