Phelps slashed .259/.361/.388 over 403 plate appearances at the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate. The team wasn't interested in giving him a chance to compete for a big league job next year so they'll let him walk here. He'll try to pick up with another organization but his chances of landing a major league gig are slim to none. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
After posting a 5.98 ERA over 49.2 innings at the Triple-A level, De La Cruz is going to seek employment elsewhere as the Orioles have informed him that he's not advancing within the organization. He's probably not advancing with anyone else, but he'll look. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
DePaula posted a 4.97 ERA at the Orioles Double-A affiliate and hasn't shown a lick of promise here. He's going to try to catch on somewhere else as the Orioles have told him he's not advancing any further with them. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015 will be picked up by the Orioles.
And why wouldn't it be? Chen was one of the more underrated fantasy pitchers this year. He posted a 16-6 record with a 3.54 ERA and a 136:37 K:BB over 185.2 innings. Obviously you'd like to have someone with a stronger K-rate, but given his strong command and pitch mix, he was able to induce some fairly weak contact throughout the year. He's not someone to lead your rotation, but as a fourth or fifth guy, he's a solid asset. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
Darren O'Day's $4.25 million option will be picked up by the Orioles.
O'Day was a huge part of the Orioles success this season as he was a strong, stabilizing force in the bullpen. Thanks to an increase in both ground ball rate and strikeouts, O'Day managed a 1.70 ERA over 68.2 innings and bridged the gap seamlessly between starter and closer. He'll return next season as a primary set-up man for whomever is closing in Baltimore in 2015. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-3 with a home run in a loss to the Royals.
Flaherty's home run came in the third inning and it was his first home run this postseason. He ends the 2014 postseason with three RBIs and a .333 batting average. Flaherty's playing time next year isn't completely given because Manny Machado is going to slot back into the third base spot when healthy. Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile
Miguel Gonzalez pitched 5.2 innings allowing four hits, an earned run, four walks, and struck out four batters in a loss to the Royals.
Gonzalez had a solid outing but he was unable to stop the streaking Royals. Gonzalez was done in by two Royals crossing the plate in the first inning. Gonzalez threw 85 pitches in 5.2 innings, and he was only one out away from notching a quality start. Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile
Orioles are expected to declined Nick Markakis' $17.5 million option for 2015.
This shouldn't surprise many given that Markakis though steady has not been able to match the production he provided during the 07-09 seasons which earned him this contract. It wouldn't surprise me if the Orioles resign Markakis to a cheaper contract and he still has plenty of seasons as a starting outfielder left him in just not at a 17.5 million dollar price tag. Analyst: Jonathan Impemba View Profile
Nelson Cruz repeated Wednesday that he'd like to stay with Orioles. He's looking for big multi-year deal.
Cruz signed a one yer deal in the off-season and had a monster season hitting a league best 40 home runs and driving in 108 RBI. At 34 years old the amount of years Cruz will get should be interesting but he has certainly earned a pay raise. Analyst: Jonathan Impemba View Profile