The Baltimore Orioles decided to part ways with shortstop Alcides Escobar on Wednesday, granting the veteran his unconditional release.
Escobar was brought aboard at the beginning of spring training on a minor league contract, as the former All-Star and Gold Glove winner was more of an insurance policy against a young infield. Neither Richie Martin or Drew Jackson have played above Double-A but both middle infielders could be closing in on an Opening Day roster spot.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde had nothing but praise for Escobar, whose time in Orioles camp ended with him batting .219. According to mlb.com, Escobar had an opt-out in his contract that he could have implemented Wednesday.
Escobar, 32, has 11 seasons of major league experience, the last eight with the Kansas City Royals. He is a .258 lifetime hitter over 1,437 career games with the Royals and Milwaukee Brewers. His All-Star Game appearance and Gold Glove both came during the 2015 season for the Royals.
--Field Level Media