Orioles acquire Monell from Giants for catching depth

Orioles acquire Monell from Giants for catching depth
November 30, 2013, 7:15 pm
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The Orioles acquired catcher Johnny Monell from the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations on Saturday night.

Monell has been placed on the 40-man roster, giving the Orioles four catchers: Matt Wieters, Steve Clevenger, Michael Ohlman and Monell.

The Giants had designated Monell for assignment last week.

The 27-year-old Monell was 2-for-8 in eight late-season games for San Francisco.

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The Orioles had been trying to beef up their backup catching.

“We’ve been trying to address that for a while,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. “In Monell we have a good bat and a capable receiver.”

Monell hit 20 home runs, 64 RBIs and a .275 average with Triple-A Fresno in 2013.

Duquette said that Monell hits right-handed pitching well and also is capable of playing first base.

“He has good power,” Duquette said. “And he gives us some depth.”

The Orioles now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.