Sardinas, 24, hit just .163/.226/.163 in 29 games with the Padres before he was designated for assignment earlier this week. Primarily a shortstop over his major league career, he has also played extensively at second and third base.
As part of the claim, Sardinas was added to the club’s 40-man roster, but no corresponding move to add him to the 25-man roster was made. Because he is out of options, he would have to clear waivers before being sent to the minors if he’s not placed on the active roster.
“I know what I read in the media guide before I came down here,” manager Buck Showalter said when asked about Sardinas after Wednesday’s game. “That’s to be continued, so I wouldn’t go too deep on the bio.”
Once among baseball’s top 100 prospects, Sardinas entered the 2014 season ranked the game’s 72nd-best prospect by Baseball Prospectus and No. 76 by MLB.com.
He is a career .229/.278/.293 hitter in parts of four major league seasons with the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners and Padres. The Orioles will be Sardinas’ fifth organization since 2014.