The Orioles found no suitable trade partners for outfielder/designated hitter Delmon Young, so they released him Thursday while also announcing they have activated Nolan Reimold from the paternity list.
Young, 29, was designated for assignment July 1 after hitting .270 with a .289 on-base percentage and two homers for the Orioles in 2015.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said at the time of the roster move that he was hopeful he'd be able to trade Young before the 10-day window expired. The Orioles are expected to eat the roughly $1.2 million left on Young's one-year contract – but that would change some if another team adds Young to its roster and pays him a prorated portion of the league's minimum salary.
Young, 29, is best known for his heroics with the Orioles as a pinch hitter in 2014, most notably when he delivered the Orioles' biggest blow of last postseason with a pinch-hit three-run double in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
He has been in the postseason in each of the last six years, the current record for active players. But he became expendable with the emergence of players such as Chris Parmelee and Jimmy Paredes this season.
Reimold was placed on the paternity list on Monday and had to come off Thursday, even with the Orioles idle. The club had 24 active members on the 25-man roster after demoting first baseman Christian Walker following Wednesday's game, so a corresponding move to make room for Reimold was not needed.