A pair of former major leaguers the Orioles took a look at on minor league deals this spring training — outfielder Mike Carp and infielder Alex Liddi — were among five players released from minor league camp this week, according to an industry source.
In addition to Carp and Liddi, reliever Dylan Rheault, outfielder Yariel Vargas, and infielder Tanner Witt were also released.
Carp, a member of the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, last played in the majors in 2014 with the Texas Rangers. He spent time last season in spring training with the Washington Nationals and briefly played for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, but said he needed to take time off to recharge.
He returned this spring for the opportunity to contribute with the Orioles as a left-handed hitting outfield bat, but didn't get a look in any major league games during spring training.
The 27-year-old Liddi played parts of three seasons in the majors for the Seattle Mariners from 2011 to 2013, but spent all of last season in Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Liddi appeared in one Grapefruit League game as a late-inning substitute.
Rheault, a 6-foot-9 right-hander drafted in the 19th round in 2013, worked as a reliever in the Orioles system and had a 6.39 ERA in 38 appearances last year for High-A Frederick.
Vargas, 22, played just seven games last season in Short Season Class-A Aberdeen.
Witt signed as a minor-league free agent midway through last season and hit .245 in 49 games for Frederick.