Orioles sign nine to Minor League deals
The Orioles announced Wednesday that they have signed nine players to Minor League deals, including the re-signing of infielder Michael Almanzar and left-handed pitcher Chris Jones.
Almanzar was Baltimore’s Rule 5 Draft pick last year, from the Red Sox organization, and he came to Spring Training expecting to compete for a third base spot with Manny Machado’s injury. However, Almanzar was placed on the disabled list with tendinitis in his knee, later transferred to the 60-day DL, and when the O’s were unable to add him to the active roster after his rehab stint he was offered back to Boston. The Orioles acquired Almanzar again, along with Boston infielder Kelly Johnson, Jemile Weeks and Iván DeJesús, Jr. on August 30.
The O’s designated Jones in Spring Training to create a 40-man roster spot for Nelson Cruz and he was released from the organization several days later. They re-signed him to a Triple-A contract in March.
The Orioles also signed pitchers Frank Gailey, Tim Gustafson, Kenn Kasparek, Mikey O’Brien, and Ronan Pacheco, infielder/outfielder Derrik Gibson and made official the signing reported earlier this week of shortstop Ozzie Martinez.