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July 5, 2010

Update on Atkins

The Orioles will have to make an official move with first baseman Garrett Atkins by Wednesday, after designating him for assignment on June 27 when Koji Uehara came off the disabled list.

But by Tuesday he’ll officially be an ex-Oriole. Barring a shocker, Atkins is expected to clear waivers on Tuesday and then would be given his outright release. The Orioles would be on the hook for the remainder of his contract – roughly half of what’s left from the $4.5 million deal he signed in the offseason.

He’ll be free to sign with another organization, and if he ends up on another major league team, they’ll only be responsible for the major-league minimum of $400,000, which the Orioles wouldn’t have to pay.

Atkins had one homer and nine RBIs in 140 at-bats with the Orioles this season.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 2:00 AM | | Comments (1)


This is a certified 100 RBI guy who has lost his swing. Some possibly high returns for a willing team, with a little patience, while he gets right.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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