Atkins era officially over
The Orioles announced today that first baseman Garrett Atkins cleared waivers and was given his unconditional release.
He is free to sign with another team, and he said previously that he would consider a minor league deal. But not with the Orioles.
Atkins had one homer and nine RBIs in 140 at-bats with the Orioles this season. He was signed in the offseason to a one-year $4.5 million deal.
The Orioles must pay the remainder of that, although if he plays in the majors with another club this year, that team would be responsible to pay him a prorated portion of the $400,000 minimum salary.