O's have some interest in Fox

I'm not sure how serious their interest is, but the Orioles and their president of baseball operations, Andy MacPhail, have at least discussed acquiring catcher-first baseman Jake Fox, who was designated for assignment Sunday by the Oakland Athletics.

Fox was hitting .214 (21-for-98) with two homers and 12 RBIs when the A's made the decision to DFA him, giving them 10 days to pass him through waivers, trade him or give him his outright release.

Fox did have a decent offensive year in 2009, batting .259 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs and slugging .468 in 82 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2009.

Fox can play multiple positions, but if he's added by the Orioles, it would probably mean the end of the Garrett Atkins era in Baltimore.

Interim manager Juan Samuel acknowledged before today's game that it has been hard to find playing time for the struggling Atkins, and that doesn't figure to change anytime soon.

"You try to get some situations where you can get him some at-bats," Samuel said. "Interleague play without the DH does not really help. You have to see where we are from here. Andy’s going to have to come up with a plan what we can do because he’s definitely not getting enough playing time here right now. Especially without the DH, you just try to get him a lefty here and there, just hoping you are going to see that swing. You know, you could see him produce. But unfortunately, I know the kid is trying. It’ s just not showing right now."

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