What's happening now?

Today is the final day for teams to reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list. It's also the day that the Orioles are expected to decline the $3 million option on infielder Alexi Casilla's contract, removing him from the 40-man roster and making him a free agent.

Casilla will receive a $200,000 buyout as a nice parting gift. No word on whether he also gets a lifetime supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat.

Today is also the last day that teams may tender qualifying offers to their eligible free agents. However, the Orioles won't be offering $14.1 million to second baseman Brian Roberts, left fielder Nate McLouth or pitcher Jason Hammel.

Teams who make a qualifying offer receive a draft pick as compensation if the player refuses and signs elsewhere. It's safe to assume that Roberts, McLouth and Hammel would take $14.1 million in 2014.

This is the time of year when I sound like a broken record. The Orioles are interested in re-signing Roberts and McLouth. They may attempt to bring back Hammel if they fail to sign another starter. You've heard it all before and you'll hear it again.

Here's another one from my greatest hits: The Orioles want to re-sign Scott Feldman, but he may be deemed too expensive to keep, considering that the free-agent market for starting pitchers is underwhelming.

What else is going on today?

Well, minor league players may become free agents at 5 p.m. MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski posted a list of eligible Orioles farmhands, which you'll find below:

* IF Travis Adair
* RHP Tim Alderson
* OF George Barber
* RHP Tim Bascom
* RHP Zach Clark
* RHP Manny Delcarmen
* C Luis Exposito
* LHP Mark Hendrickson
* IF Josh Horton
* OF Kyle Hudson
* LHP Chris Jones
* IF Alex Liddi
* IF Seth Loman
* C Luis Martinez
* RHP Daniel McCutchen
* IF Yamaico Navarro
* RHP Jose Nivar
* OF Trayvon Robinson
* IF Niuman Romero
* RHP Adam Russell
* LHP Dan Schlereth
* IF Brandon Waring
* IF Zelous Wheeler
* RHP Zech Zinicola
* C Allan de San Miguel

Jones is a priority for the Orioles. Yes, another one of my greatest hits. They got him in the Luis Ayala trade with the Braves back in April and they'd like to keep him.

They could put him on the 40-man roster before he hits free agency, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft.

Robinson is probably eager to move on after failing to win a job in spring training and dividing the year at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles acquired him from the Mariners last November for infielder Robert Andino.

Anything going on tonight? Glad you asked.

The Players Choice Awards will be distributed beginning at 8 p.m. on MLB Network. My choice is to reduce the number of awards handed out every year, but I digress ...

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is a finalist in two categories. He's competing against Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw for Player of the Year, and against Cabrera and Angels outfielder Mike Trout for the American League's Outstanding Player.

Here are the finalists in each category:

American League:

Outstanding Player: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Chris Davis (Baltimore), Mike Trout (Los Angeles)
Outstanding Pitcher: Yu Darvish (Texas), Aníbal Sánchez (Detroit), Max Scherzer (Detroit)
Outstanding Rookie: Chris Archer (Tampa Bay), José Iglesias (Detroit), Wil Myers (Tampa Bay)
Comeback Player: Scott Kazmir (Cleveland), Victor Martinez (Detroit), Mariano Rivera (New York)

National League:

Outstanding Player: Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh), Yadier Molina (St. Louis)
Outstanding Pitcher: José Fernández (Miami), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles), Francisco Liriano (Pittsburgh)
Outstanding Rookie: José Fernández (Miami), Shelby Miller (St. Louis), Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles)
Comeback Player: Marlon Byrd (Pittsburgh), Francisco Liriano (Pittsburgh), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado)

Either League:

Player of Year: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Chris Davis (Baltimore), Clayton Kershaw (L.A. Dodgers)
Man of the Year: Carlos Beltran (St. Louis), Raúl Ibañez (Seattle), Mariano Rivera (N.Y. Yankees)


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