Next man up for grabs?
Don't usually deal in rumors, but I've been told by somebody from another organization that Jamie Walker has cleared waivers, which could mean the Orioles are getting ready to move him.
No way to confirm that because waivers are confidential, and -- anyway -- it's fairly routine to pass players through in August. The reason the Walker whisper got my attention was because Andy MacPhail just dealt his right-handed counterpart, Chad Bradford, in a waiver deal that recouped $4.5 million in payroll. Walker is due a similar amount for the remainder of his contract, but if he wasn't claimed, another team might be looking for the Orioles to pick up some of that.