Os sign Escalona

The Orioles added some more pitching depth on Wednesday afternoon, signing right-handed pitcher Edgmer Escalona to a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old Escalona went 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA for the Rockies last season, posting careers-highs in appearances (37), innings (46.0) and strikeouts (34).  He has been pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League where he has a fourth-best 2.10 ERA over six starts (34 1/3 innings).

“He’s been a reliever in the big leagues and Colorado, right now he’s pitching as a starter so that he can develop the pitches he needs to be a good Major League,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of how the organization views Escalona. “I think the club can decide in the spring. but the good news is he’s working on what he needs to work on to be a good Major League pitcher.”

Escalona went 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 78 relief appearances over four years for the Rockies, striking out 6.4 batters per nine innings.  Escalona went 19-16 with a 3.85 ERA in 259 career relief outings over eight Minor League seasons in the Colorado system.  He was signed September 8, 2004 as an undrafted free agent.

“He’s a big strong right-hander and has a good fastball,” Duquette said. “[He’s] working on developing pitches he needs to get lefties out.”

The move puts the Orioles 40-man roster at 33 players with the deadline for clubs to set their 40-man midnight ET on Wednesday in advance of the Rule 5 Draft. Duquette said the O’s will add a few more names before the day is through.


1-4 with a 5.57 ERA? What are they thinking? We need pitching help not more baggage.

Don’t quite understand this move unless he is expected to do mop-up duty when we are winning big or losing big to save the arms of the rest of the bullpen.

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