Orioles claim Alexi Casilla, Scott Baker hits free-agent market

Alexi Casilla's time as a Twin is over as the Orioles claimed the infielder off waivers Friday. Minnesota claimed Rockies reliever Josh Roenicke, who posted a 3.25 ERA last season. Meanwhile, Scott Baker is officially a free-agent, as of 11:00 p.m. Friday.
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Alexi Casilla's time as a Twin is over as the Orioles claimed the infielder off waivers Friday. Minnesota claimed Rockies reliever Josh Roenicke, who posted a 3.25 ERA last season. Meanwhile, Scott Baker is officially a free-agent, as of 11:00 p.m. Friday.

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