Orioles sign Dominican OFer Santa

The Orioles have signed 20-year-old third baseman Gionel Santa out of the Dominican Republic. The right-handed hitter is listed at 6-2 and 195 pounds and is considered a power hitter.

Santa signed with Toronto last year, but he ended up getting suspended due to some kind of issue with his birth certificate and became re-eligible this year. Santa is one of several players Duquette saw on his trip to the Dominican Republic last week, with the O’s passing on several others that they were considering last week. The Blue Jays offered Santa $485, 000 last year and –while I don’t have an exact figure– the O’s got him for a little less.

Baltimore was among those with representatives on hand for Cuban free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo, but aren’t expected to get into the bidding war he figures to command. Castillo will have a host of private workouts, including one with the Orioles, but I’m told it’s unlikely they land the flashy outfielder.

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