NEW YORK — The Orioles announced Wednesday that they have released left-handed reliever Wesley Wright, who the club designated for assignment on July 15.
Wright, 30, signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Orioles in December, and the club will be on the hook for the remainder of his contract, save for the prorated minimum if he were to sign with another team.
Wright appeared in just two games with the Orioles before going on the disabled list April 11 with a strained left trapezius.
He allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings for a 5.40 ERA. He also struggled with Triple-A Norfolk while rehabilitating his injury, posting a 7.71 ERA in 11 2/3 innings over 10 appearances.
"He's a good young man and hopefully a fresh start somewhere will put him back on the path we thought he'd be on," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We wish him well. He's a good man. He just could never get it going to the point where we felt he could take the place of someone we had here's spot. You take some chances. He'll end up on his feet pitching in the big leagues somewhere. It just doesn't fit here and it reached the point where we didn't want to stand in his way."
The Orioles don't have many trade chips, especially with top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey on the mend. But Gausman isn't likely going anywhere.
There's no secret the Orioles are willing to listen to offers, but they're not going to deal Gausman - who figures to be a front-line starter for the next four-plus seasons - in exchange for a rental.
Everything the Orioles have done with Gausman indicates they are committed to him being a part of their future. They've returned him to a starting role so that he can build his innings to be a part of next year's rotation.
The only way the Orioles would even consider trading Gausman would be if the team would get back a king's ransom that would return a future ace plus additional high-end team-controllable players.
Also Wednesday, Major League Baseball conducted the Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2016 draft and the Orioles were awarded the fifth pick in Competitive Balance Round B.