The Orioles have designated 28-year old righty reliever Dennis Sarfate for assignment to make room on the roster for Miguel Tejada. Sarfate pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. He pitched two years for the Orioles appearing in 77 games (4 starts) in which he was 4-4 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Sarfate has good stuff as he only allowed 83 hits in 102 2/3 innings for the Orioles while whiffing 106 batters. But, he didn’t throw enough strikes as he walked 76 batters the last two years and that is way too many. The Orioles will likely find a trade partner for Sarfate because of his stuff.
UPDATE: Sarfate has accepted a outright assignment to the minors by the Orioles and he will be in spring training trying to win a job in the pen with them.