2013 Salary: $1.7M (2014: $3M Team Option, $200k buyout)
Alexi Casilla has been average so far this year for the O's. Mostly playing at second base against left-handed starting pitchers, Casilla is only hitting .211 on the season, but plays a solid second base and is a good baserunner, despite his gaffe against the Red Sox.
Is he worth $3 million dollars? Eh, it depends.
It was originally thought that when the Orioles claimed Casilla off waivers from the Twins that he was merely an insurance policy to start at second base in case Roberts got injured.
Lo and behold, Roberts got hurt, but it's been Ryan Flaherty that's getting the majority of the starts. And even when Flaherty was optioned to Triple-A, it was Yamaico Navarro getting the time at second base. The 28-year-old Casilla has been more of an unused utility man than anything.
With Brian Roberts unlikely to return in 2014, Casilla, Flaherty and perhaps prospect Jonathan Schoop would likely be competing for the starting second base job. While Casilla is unlikely to win that job, he could remain as the Orioles' utility infielder, regardless if the Orioles decide to look elsewhere for a starting second baseman.
Final Decision: Option exercised.