A few more odds and ends…
*The Orioles and Red Sox were turned down by lefty reliever Joe Beimel, who signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, in a move first reported by the Denver Post. Beimel inked a Minor League deal and will get an invite to Spring Training. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-review, the deal is for $1.75 million with up to $300,000 in incentives.
The O’s are looking to still add another lefty on a Minor League deal with a camp invite, and Randy Flores , Mark Hendrickson, Ron Mahay, Dennys Reyes, Scott Schoeneweis and Bobby Seaystill are the guys still on the market. The Orioles could have offers out to a few of them. Should they not add another lefty, Clay Rapada becomes an early favorite to make the bullpen out of camp.
*The O’s, rumored to have reached a Minor League agreement with Nick Green right after the Winter Meetings, have done it for real this time. In a move first reported by the Baltimore Sun, Green will also get an invite to Spring Training, giving the O’s quite a surplus of infielders with Brian Roberts, JJ Hardy, Robert Andino, Brendan Harris and Green.
*FanFest tickets are still available at http://www.orioles.com/fanfest. The event starts at 11 a.m., but season ticket holders get an early entrance.
*I blogged the Minor League staffs for the O’s full season teams, and wanted to add that Mike Bordick will be back as a Minor League instructor. Former interim Triple-A manager Bobby Dickerson will the coordinator of infield instruction.