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Looking into Reimold's opt out in July

Baltimore Orioles' Nolan Reimold bats during a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Sarasota, Fla., March 19.
Baltimore Orioles' Nolan Reimold bats during a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Sarasota, Fla., March 19. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. — Nolan Reimold is still on the club's roster Saturday, and though he may be the final cut Sunday, he does have a clause in his contract that would get him out of the minors in July if another team wants him.

According to an industry source, Reimold has a contract provision that would require the Orioles to send an email to the other 29 clubs on Saturday, July 11 to canvass their interest in adding Reimold to a 25-man roster –- if he is not already on the Orioles' 25-man.

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Those teams would have 24 hours to respond -– that Sunday is the last day of the first half of the regular season.

If a team is interested, the Orioles must either place Reimold on their 25-man or "assign" him to that interested team -– it would likely be a cash considerations deal.

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If no team shows interest, the Orioles don't have to do anything with the 31-year-old Reimold.

It's a slightly different take on a fairly common situation theses days -– when former major leaguers sign minor league deals.

J.P. Arencibia and Chris Parmelee, for instance, have stipulations that would allow them to opt out of their contracts at various times during the year if they have a chance at jobs elsewhere.

Both Arencibia and Parmelee are ticketed to Triple-A Norfolk now. Reimold could be there, too, but he is still fighting for one of the Orioles' last spots.

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The Orioles are here at Champions Stadium, in name anyway.

The travel roster is filled with minor leaguers -– because manager Buck Showalter has given his projected 25-man roster the day off Saturday. According to union rules, players must have one day off in between exhibition games and the season starting. That day is today, and then the team will work out Sunday.

The most recognizable name for the Orioles on Saturday is minor league player of the year Christian Walker.

Here is the lineup:

Borbon 8, Martinez 6, Walker DH, Halton 3, Almanzar 5, Navarro 4, Yastrzemski 7, G Davis 9, A. Perez 2. Davies 1.

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