Orioles sign four to minor league contracts

Orioles sign four to minor league contracts
December 19, 2013, 5:00 pm
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The Orioles announced the signing of four free minor league agents on Thursday. Besides making official the signing of Chris Marrero, which was reported earlier this week, outfielder Xavier Paul, infielder Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and right-handed pitcher Fabio Castillo have all signed minor league contracts.

They will receive invitations to spring training.

Paul, who was nontendered by Cincinnati on Dec. 2, will turn 29 in February. He batted .244 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 97 games for the Reds.

The left-handed hitting outfielder, who is primarily a left fielder, had a .339 on-base percentage.

Paul is a .254 hitter in five seasons with the Reds, Dodgers and Pirates.

The Orioles have now acquired three left-handed hitting outfielders in the last week: Paul, David Lough, who was picked up from Kansas City for Danny Valencia and Julio Borbon, who was selected in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft.

De Jesus, the 26-year-old son of longtime big league shortstop Ivan De Jesus, has a .205 average in 48 major league games with the Red Sox and Dodgers. He’s primarily a second baseman, but he can play third.

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Castillo was 6-7 with a 5.34 ERA in 37 games with Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco Giants’ organization.

He’s 24, and was in the Texas organization from 2006-12.

Marrero, a former first-round draft choice of the Nationals, batted .232 in 39 games in 2011 and 2013.