clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Miguel Gonzalez clears waivers, officially granted release by the Orioles

It's official: Miguel Gonzalez has cleared waivers and is officially released from the Orioles. He is a free agent able to sign anywhere.

It's a sad day in Birdland as it's now official that Miguel Gonzalez has cleared waivers and been given his outright release by the Orioles. He is now a free agent, free to sign with any team.

For all that the decision caused some angst, there is no getting around the fact that just now, any one of the 29 other MLB teams could have put a claim on Gonzalez and none of them chose to do so. No team is so sure that Gonzalez is better than what they've already got that they were willing to do that. That probably tells us something about how the league views his potential to bounce back at this point.

That's not to say that there's no interest whatsoever in Gonzalez. Fellow SB Nationer Chris Cotillo reported yesterday that the White Sox were "aggressively pursuing" Gonzalez, and that the Marlins, Blue Jays, and Athletics had also shown some interest.

I've got to admit I don't know how a team can aggressively pursue a guy on waivers. It seems to me aggressive would be putting in a waiver claim, which the White Sox and those other teams clearly did not do. Maybe one of these teams will end up getting him.

When the news first came out that Gonzalez was on waivers, I wondered whether he might still be willing to come back to the O's on a minor league deal. If there's this many other teams interested, and Cotillo suggests more could jump in by the end of the week, that seems unlikely.

That really depends on what motivates Gonzalez, of course - and whether the O's would even try to bring him back on a minor league deal. I think if it was me, I'd want nothing to do with the team that just put me on waivers rather than pay me a full $5.1 million. But maybe it would mean more to him to try to work his way back in the organization where he found success, so that if he does make it back, it'll be a return to a familiar environment.

Either way, right at this moment, Gonzalez is not an Oriole any more. What a bummer.