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.