O's waive Maduro, cut Brock, 3 others

Likes of Belle, Bedard fill opened roster slots

Baseball

October 02, 2002|By Joe Christensen and Roch Kubatko | Joe Christensen and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The Orioles released reliever Chris Brock and three other players yesterday and placed Calvin Maduro on outright waivers in an effort to clear space on their 40-man roster for players who need to come off the 60-day disabled list.

The club also released left-handed reliever Yorkis Perez, infielder Luis Lopez and catcher Raul Casanova.

The Orioles need to make room on the 40-man roster for players such as Albert Belle, David Segui and Erik Bedard. Belle, whose five-year, $65 million contract expires after next season, is being kept on the roster so the Orioles can collect on his insurance policy. He hasn't played since 2000.

Maduro began the season as the Orioles' No. 5 starter, but he went 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA and underwent surgery in mid-June to remove a fractured bone spur from his right elbow.

If no other team claims Maduro within 48 hours, the Orioles can offer him a minor-league assignment, or he can choose to become a free agent. Teams are not allowed to comment on waiver moves.

The Orioles acquired Brock in a December trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for John Wasdin. Brock, 31, went 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 22 appearances out of the bullpen, but he made $1 million and is eligible for arbitration.

"Brock did a good job for us," said Orioles vice president for baseball operations Syd Thrift. "So did Luis Lopez."

Lopez, who is eligible for free agency, batted .211 with two homers and nine RBIs in 52 games after the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple-A Rochester on July 12. He joined the Red Wings after the Brewers released him on June 7.

Perez, also eligible for free agency, had one save and a 3.29 ERA in 23 games after his contract was purchased from Rochester on June 25. The Orioles signed him during the last week of spring training after his release by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Perez, the bullpen's third left-hander behind Buddy Groom and B.J. Ryan, underwent an appendectomy on Sept. 12 and missed the remainder of the season.

Casanova, who is arbitration eligible, was 0-for-1 in two games after joining the Orioles on Sept. 11. His release again leaves the club with two catchers on its 40-man roster.

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