Orioles grant former All-Star infielder Alcides Escobar outright release

Baltimore Sun

Orioles infielder Alcides Escobar was granted his unconditional release Wednesday, the team announced, as the club took another step toward paring down its Opening Day roster.

Escobar, a former All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner with the Kansas City Royals, signed a minor league contract during the first week of camp as cover for Rule 5 shortstops Richie Martin and Drew Jackson, neither of whom has ever played above Double-A.

The veteran Escobar had a strong start to camp but tapered off at the plate, and was batting .219 when he was granted his release. MLB.com reported he had an opt-out in his contract for Wednesday.

With Escobar released, the Orioles have 38 players in camp, and there could be a few beneficiaries in the club not taking Escobar for Opening Day, namely corner infielder Rio Ruiz and infielder Hanser Alberto.

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