Janish signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The infielder returns to Baltimore after playing 14 games with the club in each of the past two seasons. Janish hit just .194 in 35 major league plate appearances last season, while slashing .248/.333/.280 over 76 games with Triple-A Norfolk. The veteran will report to spring training immediately, but he's a long shot to make the roster and seems destined to be organizational depth.
Janish elected to become a free agent Thursday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. It had been reported that Janish would remain with the Orioles organization, but he seems to have changed his mind and has elected to become a free agent. Janish spent most of the year at Triple-A Norfolk, where he hit an uninspiring .248/.333/.280 over 76 games. At 34 years old and with a career MLB line of .216/.284/.289, Janish doesn't offer much upside, so he'll likely provide infield depth if a club chooses to sign him.
Janish cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo Encina reports. He could have declined the assignment and elected free agency, but Janish decided to remain in the organization. Look for him to offer organizational infield depth in 2017.
Janish was designated for assignment Friday. The Orioles needed room on the 40-man roster after claiming Jed Bradley off waivers, and Janish ended up being the odd man out. The utility infielder split time between Triple-A and the majors in 2016, although he didn't find much success at either level. He'll likely act as organizational depth if he sticks with Baltimore, but there's a decent chance that he could land with a big league club looking for infield depth.
Janish had his contract selected by the Orioles on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Despite his struggles at the plate this season, Janish will get another call to the big leagues in order to provide some depth on the infield. The 33-year-old's playing time will likely be limited with a solid infield already in place.