Orioles add to bullpen with Escalona signing

Orioles add to bullpen with Escalona signing
November 20, 2013, 2:45 pm
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The Orioles added to their bullpen on Wednesday with the signing of Edgmer Escalona to a one-year contract.

Escalona, a 27-year-old right-hander was 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA in 37 appearances for Colorado. In parts of four major league seasons, all with the Rockies, Escalona is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 78 games.

"He's a big, strong right-hander with almost two years of big league experience," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. 

His last big league outing came on Aug. 18 in Baltimore. Escalona pitched in two of the three games Colorado played at Oriole Park. In his first appearance, he threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and in his second, he allowed a long two-run home run to Chris Davis. 

"He's a different pitcher now," Duquette said. "You can see it from the results."

Escalona is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League where he's fourth in ERA.

In his time in Venezuela, Escalona has added a split-finger change-up to to his repertoire, Duquette said.  Escalona already had a fastball and a slicer. 

Earlier this week, the Orioles signed left-hander Kelvim De La Cruz and with Escalona’s signing, the Orioles’ roster now stands at 33.