BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A little more than a week after he was claimed by the Baltimore Orioles, infielder Lucius Fox has a new home with the Washington Nationals. Fox was claimed on outright waivers, the Orioles said Tuesday.

The Orioles also released reliever Brooks Kriske so the right-handed pitcher could pursue an opportunity with an international league, the team said.

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Once considered a top prospect, Fox has spent five seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization without recaching the major leagues. Playing shortstop, second baseman and centerfielder, the 24-year-old has hit .244 with 16 home runs and 152 RBI in the minors and stolen 142 bases.

A native of the Bahamas, Fox was signed by the San Francisco Giants as an international free agent in 2015 and paid a $6 million bonus.

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Kriske, 27, pitched in four games for the Orioles last season and gave up 5 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. He was previously a member of the New York Yankees organization and had a 15.26 ERA in eight games with the big-league club in 2021.

The Orioles now have 38 players on their 40-man roster, opening up the possibility they could sign a free agent or select a player from another organization during the Dec. 9 Rule 5 Draft.

The baseball offseason has already seen a flurry of activity, with stars such as shortstop Corey Seager, starting pitcher Max Scherzer, starting pitcher (and former Oriole) Kevin Gausman and infielder Javier Báez all signing with new clubs.

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However, with the league’s current collective bargaining agreement set to expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 1, it looks like baseball’s offseason will grind to a halt with a work stoppage.

Brandon Weigel