Outfielder Kyle Hudson has been given his release and can become a free agent.
The speedy, 25-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment when the club officially inked pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to a big league deal.
The Orioles could re-sign Hudson to a minor league deal, but because of league rules (when he was placed on the 25-man roster), they cannot sign him to a major league deal until May 15.
Hudson, a fourth-round pick in 2008, had four hits in 28 at-bats (.143 average) in his brief time in the majors last season. Hudson played at three minor league levels last year in the Orioles’ system, batting .296 in 119 games.
A former wide receiver for the University of Illinois, Hudson had two nice moments for the Orioles in 2011. He scored the tying run in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox in the final game of last season, helping the Orioles to an eventual 4-3 win. He also scored the eventual winning run in the ninth inning Sept. 24 in Detroit when he dashed home on a bunt by Matt Angle. Hudson put himself into position to score by going from first to third on a wild pitch.