OAKLAND, Calif. - Feeling that they could no longer count on Jamie Walker to get left-handed hitters out, the Orioles will announce the release of the struggling reliever today despite still owing him approximately $3 million.
To take his place on the roster, the Orioles will select the contract of left-handed reliever Alberto Castillo, who has a 3.09 ERA in 24 appearances with Triple-A Norfolk this season, holding left-handed hitters to a .209 average. Castillo, 33, pitched in 28 games for the Orioles last year, compiling a 3.81 ERA. Left-handed hitters batted .256 against him with two home runs in 39 at-bats.
Knew this was coming. Jamie gave us a good first year after leaving Detroit, but they clearly got the best years of his career. There are times when you can't tell if a pitcher's lost it or is having mechanical/injury issues. Anyone who's watched Walker pitch this year knows he's lost it. Still... 10 seasons in the bigs? Not a bad career.