Jason La Canfora reports that the Oakland Raiders did not release MLB Rolando McClain on Thursday, despite multiple reports that indicated that the team had plans to do so.
“We’ve got to make a decision as an organization,” said Dennis Allen regarding McClain’s future status with the team, via CBS Sports. “We’re going to make sure we make the right decision.”
There were plenty of rumors circulating last night that McClain’s time in Oakland was coming to an end and he even posted as much on his Facebook account.
McClain was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Coming out of Alabama, he was seen as a rock solid pick for the Raiders who had been known to take chances with their draft picks in the years prior. Unfortunately, he never lived up to being a Pro Bowl talent for them.
McClain has $4 million of his 2012 salary remaining, so any team willing to claim him would have to be willing and able to take on that salary for the rest of the season. There’s no guarantee that he’ll be claimed, but he should find a decent amount of interest if becomes a free agent.