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Orioles release left-hander T.J. McFarland, could re-sign him on minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles were released from left-hander T.J. McFarland's contract after he cleared release waivers on Sunday, but it doesn't mean his days with the organization are over.

The club would like to re-sign McFarland to a minor league contract – he is now a free agent – but McFarland can sign with any team.

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The move to release McFarland released the team from the $685,000 contract he was owed in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

The Orioles designated McFarland for assignment a week ago when the team acquired left-hander Vidal Nuno in a trade with the Dodgers. McFarland cleared outright waivers and was then run through release waivers.

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The process exposed McFarland to being claimed by another team, not once but twice,  off the 40-man roster. Because McFarland has no minor league options remaining, he became expendable when the team acquired Nuno, a swingman who still has an option remaining.

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