Utility infielder Paul Janish, who was designated for assignment Friday, has elected free agency after being outrighted to the minors Thursday.
Janish had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. But because he had a previous outright, Janish was able to refuse the assignment and become a free agent.
He hit just .194/.286/.226 in 14 games with the Orioles, but provided valuable infield depth, especially at shortstop. This past season, Janish made nine of his 10 major league starts at third base when Manny Machado filled in at shortstop for J.J. Hardy in May and June.
In each of the past two seasons, Janish has been a valued depth piece for the Orioles,...