Righty reliever Ross Wolf, a former Orioles farmhand who was dealt to the Oakland A’s in June for infielder Jake Fox, has elected to become a free agent instead of accepting an outright assignment to Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate.
So, at least for now, the Orioles’ sly decision to choose Fox over Wolf paid off.
A’s outfielder Jeremy Hermida also refused Oakland’s outright, so he’s a free agent, too. Hermida, who once was one of the most touted prospects in baseball, also has an Orioles' connection. He grew up in Marietta, Georgia and is one of Nick Markakis’ best friends.
No idea if the Orioles would be interested in either player. Way too early for that, but manager Buck Showalter has said he would like to see the Orioles bolster their options at Triple-A with more big-league-ready fill-ins.
Wolf, who turns 28 on Monday, had a 4.26 ERA and no decisions in 11 relief appearances for the A’s. He had a 1.88 ERA in 25 games for Norfolk before the trade.
Hermida, 26, is a .259 career hitter in parts of six big-league seasons. The left-handed hitter was selected by the Florida Marlins with the 11th overall pick in 2002. His best year was 2007 when he had 18 homers and hit .296 at age 23 for Florida.