Duquette says no to Swisher, Minor League signings
*Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette put to rest the prospect of potentially signing free agent Nick Swisher on Wednesday night, saying “I think we have enough outfielders on our ballclub. we can take a look at the guys we have in the spring.”
Pressed further about the possibility of signing Swisher to play first base, Duquette said: “I don’t think we need to worry about that for Baltimore fans.”
*The Orioles would still like to make a trade to get a middle-of-the-order bat although it’s unclear when that could come.
“Sometimes they come together, sometimes they take a little while to percolate after the meeting,” said Duquette, who discussed four or five trade possibilities on Wednesday. “But we still have our eye on a couple other things.”
*The Orioles announced the signing of eight players to Minor League contracts with an invitation to Spring Training in outfielders Lew Ford, Conor Jackson and Jason Pridie, right-handed pitchers Daniel McCutchen and Adam Russell, and catchers Allan De San Miguel, Jose Gil and Chris Robinson.
*They also signed their first Czech player, Jan Novak, in the organization’s first foray into Europe. Novak is an 18-year-old left-handed pitcher with a good delivery, according to Duquette.