By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
5:24 PM EDT, July 14, 2014
The Orioles officially announced a pair of roster moves at Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, cutting ties with two veterans who were hoping to get back to the major leagues with the club.
The team announced that it has traded infielder Brett Wallace to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. It also gave left-hander Randy Wolf his release after he exercised an opt-out clause in his minor league deal Saturday.
Wallace, 27, a 2008 first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit .265/.329/.389 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 90 games at Norfolk, playing mostly first base with an occasional start at third base.
The move to trade Wallace was likely facilitated to create roster space for Double-A Bowie first baseman Christian Walker, who is expected to be promoted to Norfolk following Wednesday’s Double-A All-Star Game.
Wolf, a 15-year major league veteran who pitched briefly for the Orioles at the end of the 2012 season, was 0-0 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 innings for the Tides.
He missed the entire 2013 season after his second Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery and signed a minor league deal with the Orioles after stints with the Seattle Mariners and Miami Marlins this season.
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