Former Orioles catcher Taylor Tegarden and right-hander Jairo Asencio have declared for free agency.
As Class XX(D) free agents, they were both able to declare because they either have been outrighted and have at least three years of major league service time (Tegarden) or have had six minor league contract renewals (Ascencio).
Class XX(D) free agents can declare from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, but most free agents fall under the Class XX(B) category, and don't become free agents until after the World Series.
When healthy, Teagarden, 29, was the Orioles' primary backup catcher, but was designated for assignment when rosters expanded Sept. 1. With backups Chris Snyder and Steve Clevenger both on the club’s 40-man roster, Tegarden became expendable.
Teagarden played in 45 games over two seasons with the Orioles, hitting .162/.203/.308 with four homers and 14 RBIs.
Asencio spent most of the season at Triple-A Norfolk, where he lead the International League with 28 saves. He was named an International League postseason All-Star. He posted a 7.71 ERA in 2 1/3 innings with the Orioles.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun