Albers Non-Tendered

The Orioles have decided not to tender RHP Matt Albers a contract for 2011, making him a free agent.

Albers was set to make around a million dollars through arbitration for 2011 and Andy MacPhail must have thought he wouldn’t be worth that. I tend to agree with him in this regard. He had a 4.52 ERA over 75.2 innings in 2010 but was wildly inconsistent. He had stretches where he was almost unhittable but more often he got lit up. Albers can get ground balls but is a dime a dozen type reliever so the Orioles can do better, or at least the same for cheaper. He can always re-sign with the O’s but I think it would have to be a minor league deal and I don’t see that happening. This move gives Rick VandenHurk a better chance of making the bullpen out of spring training since hes out of options.


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