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Roe, Phillips outrighted as Opening Day roster comes into focus

Posted on 01 April 2016 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 11:15 p.m.)

The Orioles must set their Opening Day roster by noon on Sunday, but a pair of roster moves on Friday provided some clarity on the 25 players who will be going north to Baltimore.

Relief pitchers Chaz Roe and Zach Phillips both passed through waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Signed by the Orioles on March 23, the southpaw Phillips was in contention for a roster spot with lefty specialist Brian Matusz expected to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with a back ailment. Roe pitched to a 4.14 ERA in 41 1/3 innings in the Orioles bullpen last year, but the right-hander struggled to a 6.91 ERA after the All-Star break and was out of options.

Barring the late acquisition of a lefty reliever, the Orioles appear poised to go with a bullpen consisting of All-Star closer Zach Britton, All-Star setup man Darren O’Day, Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Dylan Bundy, T.J. McFarland, Tyler Wilson, and Vance Worley. With Kevin Gausman beginning the year on the DL and Mike Wright already pegged to be the No. 4 starter, Wilson would appear to be the favorite to be the fifth starter when the Orioles need one on for the first time on April 10.

Right-handers Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo, and Ubaldo Jimenez are the top three members of the starting rotation.

As for position players, the final roster spot is likely to go to outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, but non-roster invitee Xavier Avery remained in major league camp as of Friday night. Kim has not given his consent for an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, meaning the Orioles must either carry him on the 25-man roster or release him and eat $7 million guaranteed to him over the next two seasons.

A favorite of Buck Showalter, the defensive-minded Paul Janish was reassigned to minor-league camp on Friday night, but he has an opt-out clause in his minor-league deal.

The position players already projected to be on the roster include catchers Matt Wieters and Caleb Joseph, infielders Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, Ryan Flaherty, and Pedro Alvarez, and outfielders Adam Jones, Mark Trumbo, Joey Rickard, and Nolan Reimold.

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Ford, Phillips, Tolleson elect to become free agents

Posted on 06 November 2012 by WNST Staff

After being outrighted by the Orioles to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, veteran outfielder Lew Ford has joined infielder Steve Tolleson and left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips in filing for free agency.

Ford batted .183 with three home runs in 25 games for the Orioles this season. The 35-year-old was signed to a minor-league deal before making his return to the big leagues in late July after a five-year absence.

Tolleson, 29, hit .183 in 29 games stretched over four separate stints with the Orioles in 2012.

The 26-year-old Phillips appeared in only six games for Baltimore in 2012, allowing four earned runs in six innings of work.

All three players are allowed to negotiate with other major league teams but could potentially re-sign with the Orioles.

The organization has 25 minor-league free agents, according to a list provided by Baseball America.

Other minor-league free agents who appeared in Baltimore at one point include left-handed pitcher Pedro Viola, middle infielders Ryan Adams and Blake Davis, and first baseman Rhyne Hughes.

Another notable name appearing on the list is 2006 first-round pick Billy Rowell, whose miserable run with the Orioles has come to an end after the 24-year-old never rose above Double-A Bowie in his seven years with the organization. Rowell was suspended 50 games for marijuana use during the 2012 season.

Here’s the entire Baseball American list:

RHP: Eric Beaulac (HiA), Matt Bischoff (HiA), Greg Burke (AAA), Brandon Erbe (HiA), Robert Hinton (AA), Oscar Melendez (HiA), Kyler Newby (AA), Joel Pineiro (AAA), Oscar Villarreal (AAA), Bobby Wilkins (LoA)
LHP: Zach Phillips (AAA), Rich Rundles (AAA), Pedro Viola (AAA)
C: Chase Weems (SS)
1B: Rhyne Hughes (AA), Billy Rowell (SS)
2B: Travis Adair (HiA), Ryan Adams (AAA)
SS: Blake Davis (AAA), Steve Tolleson (AAA)
OF: Josh Barfield (AA), Scott Beerer (AAA), Lew Ford (AAA), Jamie Hoffmann (AAA), Antoan Richardson (AA)

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