Tolleson signed a minor-league contract with Kansas City, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Tolleson was released by the Orioles last week, and the 32-year-old will report to Triple-A Omaha. Tolleson has experience playing at second base, third base, shortstop and the corner outfield spots, so he will give Kansas City some much-needed depth following Moustakas' season-ending injury. Tolleson is a career .245/.299/.372 hitter at the MLB level.
Tolleson was released Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. Tolleson was hitting just .100 at the Triple-A level through eight games leading to his release and the 32-year-old will now look to sign with a new team.
Tolleson was reassigned to minor league camp after Friday's game, MASN Sports reports. Tolleson's move comes as no surprise. He struggled defensively early in the Grapefruit League and he wound up hitting just 7-for-44 on the spring. Tolleson is no spring chicken at 32-years-old and at this point he should be relegated to organizational depth.
Tolleson committed three errors at third base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game. Tolleson's best shot at making the roster would have been to unseat Ryan Flaherty as the utility infielder. That probably won't happen after a performance like this. It will be tough to wipe this game from management's memory. As a non-roster invite, Tolleson could extend his career by taking a minor league deal with the Orioles or another team.
Tolleson will attend Orioles' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. The 32-year-old second basemen has made four separate appearances in the MLB with the Athletics in 2010, Orioles in 2012, and Blue Jays in 2014 and 2015. During that time span, he made 331 plate appearances and accumulated a .245 batting average and .299 OBP. Given his relatively modest stats and limited experience at the big-league level, it will be hard for him to find playing time even if he receives a roster spot with the Orioles.