The Orioles have assigned right-handed pitchers Thomas Eshelman and Konner Wade and second baseman Pat Valaika to Triple-A Norfolk, according to the MLB Transactions list. On Friday, it was reported that they also had assigned catcher Austin Wynns to Norfolk.
The moves reduce the Orioles’ 40-man roster to 35 players.
All four passed through waivers by the other 29 clubs and, since they had previously been put on outright waivers by the Orioles, they are eligible for free agency.
Valaika, who had been eligible for arbitration, hit .201 with five home runs and 25 RBIs and a .540 OPS in 90 games with the Orioles. In 2020, Valaika hit .277 with eight home runs and 16 RBIs in 52 games.
Eshelman was 0-3 with a 7.16 ERA in nine games, six starts in 2021. In the past three seasons, Eshelman is 4-6 with a 5.77 ERA in 31 games for the Orioles.
Wade, who was signed as a minor league free agent before spring training, had an 11.68 ERA in seven games with the Orioles.
The Orioles have five players on the 60-day injured list — left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin, right-handed pitchers Hunter Harvey and Jorge López, infielder Jorge Mateo and outfielder DJ Stewart — who must be returned to the 40-man roster.
Right-hander Matt Harvey, who is also on the 60-day injured list, will be eligible for free agency after the World Series. Left-hander Fernando Abad also will be eligible for free agency.
Additional room must be cleared by next month to allow the Orioles to add minor leaguers eligible to be selected in December’s Rule 5 draft.