O's acquire Fox from A's for minor league reliever Ross Wolf
The Orioles acquired utility man Jake Fox from the Oakland Athletics this morning for minor league reliever Ross Wolf, according to sources.
Fox is on his way here and should be in uniform tonight when the Orioles begin a three-game series with the Florida Marlins.
Wolf, 27, was 0-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 25 games for Triple-A Norfolk. The right-hander went 4-2 with a 3.95 ERA in 47 appearances for the Tides last year.
To create a roster spot, the Orioles optioned pitcher Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk and designated right-handed pitcher Cla Meredith for assignment.
The roster move temporarily saves Garrett Atkins' spot, but the team might need to make another move Saturday if it promotes Brad Bergesen to make the start that night, so Atkins is hardly out of the woods. Both interim manager Juan Samuel and pitching coach Rick Kranitz said they need to get Tillman pitching every five days and it's not happening here now.
The A’s designated Fox on June 14. The 27-year-old hit .214 with two homers and 12 RBIs for Oakland after batting .259 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs for the Chicago Cubs last year. He can catch and play both corner infield and outfield positions.