Gentry's defensive prowess give his a boost in the race for an Opening Day reserve role, SB Nation reports. The 33-year-old outfielder has bounced between the majors and minors for the past couple of seasons. Gentry is an above-average defender which is something the Orioles have a need for. If Gentry makes the team, he will be relegated to a platoon role most likely in left field, but can also fill in for Adam Jones in center when needed.
Gentry signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Saturday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Gentry is expected to report immediately. The 33-year-old hit just .147 in 14 major league games with the Angels last season, but has a .261 career average and can play any outfield position. Gentry will compete for a reserve role in the Baltimore outfield, along with Christian Walker and Aneury Tavarez.
Gentry refused his assignment to the minors and elected to become a free agent Wednesday, Pedro Moura of the LA Times reports. Gentry was designated for assignment after being activated from the DL (back) on July 30. The 32-year-old will become a free agent after exercising his right to refuse the assignment. He has hit just .147/.237/.176 in the majors this season over the course of 39 plate appearances, but is a career .261 hitter during his eight years in the MLB. Gentry could get a chance with a team looking for some outfield depth.
Gentry (back) was activated from the DL and designated for assignment by the Angels on Saturday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. With Gentry's 20-day rehab window closing, the Angeles were forced to make a move, and they decided to DFA the 32-year-old rather than return him to the roster. Gentry has hit just .147/.237/.176 in 39 plate appearances in the major this year and he struggled throughout his rehab assignment, so it's a stretch to think another team will pluck him off waivers.
Gentry (back) is set to move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Gentry has already appeared in eight rehab games with the Angels' rookie-level club and High-A Inland Empire, hitting .217 in those contests. He's been out since late April with back tightness, but finally seems to be turning the corner in his recovery and could be on tap for a return from the DL by next weekend.