If we ever find ourselves in a world where the Orioles regret the absence of Evan Meek, things will have gotten very weird indeed. Last seen in an Orioles uniform surrendering the walkoff hit to the retiring Derek Jeter in Jeter's final home game, Meek has been outrighted to Norfolk, removing him from the roster.
As a player who has been outrighted before, Meek has the choice to refuse that assignment and become a free agent. With this move, the Orioles now have 38 players on their 40-man roster heading into the hot stove season.
Once the free agency period begins, the Orioles will have more roster space as their pending free agents are set free into the marketplace. It was nice having you around, Nelson Cruz. They'll also have a couple of more spaces taken up as Matt Wieters and Manny Machado come back on the roster from the 60-day disabled list, but they'll have more than enough space to do whatever Dan Duquette wants to do, which, if it's like last offseason, will basically be nothing until February in any case.
Meek was essentially the worst pitcher who appeared for the Orioles this season, at least as measured by fWAR. He appeared in 23 games, pitched 23.1 innings, and had a 5.79 ERA. There's no sugarcoating that. He was the obligatory reliever who makes the roster out of spring training then has nothing when the regular season begins and he's facing real lineups all of the time. There's always at least one. Luckily for the Orioles, Meek was pretty much the only one this time around.
Up and down throughout the season, he ended up being little more than a fresh arm to spare the relievers who mattered some use. At around about an inning per outing, he served this purpose somewhat, so at least he's got that going for him.