Orioles sign Luis Vizcaino & Brock Bond to Minor League deals

The Orioles announced on Tuesday that they have signed pitcher Luis Vizcaino and infielder Brock Bond to Minor League contracts.

Both players will report to Minor League Spring Training at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla.

The 39-year-old Vizcaino last pitched in the Majors in 2009, as part of the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander had a 1.40 ERA and 25 saves for Yucatan in the Mexican Winter League last season and is a career 35-30 with a 4.33 ERA in parts of 11 big league seasons.

Bond is a switch hitter who owns a .300/.398/.377 line in seven Minor League seasons with the Giants. Bond was drafted in the 24th round of the 2007 Draft and was in his first Major League Spring Training with San Francisco last spring, but failed to make the club. The 28-year-old spent the season at High-A instead, hitting .240/.339/.324.


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And did you hear? DID YOU HEAR?? The Orioles are checking out 40 year old Brett Tomko, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues for a few years. Wow. Just… wow. If it’s not 28 year old career minor leaguers, it’s 39 and 40 year old retreads.Clearly, the Orioles aren’t even PRETENDING to try any more. Extra EXTRA disappointing after the team has shown sign of life the past couple years. Instead of building on the small success the team has had, it’s going back to its old ways of doing everything on the cheap so they can cry “poverty” as the real teams contend for playoff spots. All of this is obvious to everyone except the shameless Oriole Apologists on the message boards, who constantly defend this ownership for not spending a dime more than it absolutely must to field a team. Inexcuseable.

Brett Tomko is a joke. Maybe Duquette wants him a veteran presence in the rotation like Kevin Millwood was several years ago when he posted a 3-17 record. Vizcaino has not pitched in majors since 2009. typical Duquette move. Brock Bond has been in the minors for seven seasons. Doesn’t that tell you that he is not a major league outfielder. More Duquette trivial moves. No more time wasted on the Orioles. With dd in charge, they are doomed.

How come no story on Liam Hendricks who was signed & given a roster spot?

Um, Liam WHO?

Hendricks. “O’s claim righty Hendriks off waivers from Cubs

The Orioles have claimed right-hander Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Cubs before he could throw a pitch in the Chicago organization.”

Check the Os 40 man roster. Story was in the Sun but not here. I wonder why?

It was on my main site, which is Orioles.com.

Couldn’t find it for the pas week. Could you send the URL?

the Cubs letting a pitcher go is a telling story if you look at the sorry state of their rotation. Leave it to dd to pickup someone the Cubs are not interested in.

news never changes on this blog

I said “Liam WHO” because it’s another “who cares?” move by the Snorioles this off-season. Career bush leaguers, 39 year old retreads, waiver claims. That’s your Bumtimore Borioles. Yanks get Tanaka. What else do I need to say?

I heard orioles are in contact with Fernando Rodney. This really does not mean a lot,
because he is iffy at best. the orioles pass on Balfour, division rival rays sign him. I guess the angelos physical much tougher than the rays. The orioles were never going to sign tanaka anyway. That would be a big league move.

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