Urrutia was released by the Orioles on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The 30-year-old was slashing just .175/.243/.254 through 63 at-bats with Triple-A Norfolk before the Orioles decided to cut him loose. He hasn't seen the majors since a brief stint in 2015, so he'll likely serve as organizational depth if he's able to catch on elsewhere.
Urrutia will open the season at Triple-A Norfolk, Steve Melewski of MASN reports. Urrutia played 32 games at Norfolk in 2016, over which he slashed .245/.347/.304. At 30 years old, Urrutia doesn't carry much upside and will provide organizational depth this coming season.
Urrutia cleared waivers and was assigned to Double-A, MASN Sports reports. Urrutia was designated for assignment in late-July to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. He is not headed to Baltimore anytime soon, as the 29-year-old has been demoted from Triple-A to Double-A with a very average performance this season. In 80 minor league games, he is slashing .280/.339/.372 with just three home runs. The Orioles have several other outfield prospects above Urrutia on the depth chart.
Urrutia was designated for assignment Tuesday. Urrutia's DFA clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Julio Borbon who got called up Tuesday. Urrutia, who's slashed .280/.339/.372 between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, will now enter a waiver period where he'll be available to be picked up by another big league club.
Urrutia was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday. Urrutia performed well enough in a small stint in the majors last season to garner some attention on most clubs, but with the Orioles as crowded in the outfield as they are, he'll be forced to head back to Norfolk to develop more. He could head up to the big club at some point during the season if they want him up as a fifth outfielder, though.