SARASOTA, Fla. – Jason Pridie is one of the many non-roster outfielders the Orioles are auditioning this season. Like all of them, Pridie has some major league experience.
Pridie has played 121 big league games, 101 of them with the New York Mets in 2011, and the rest with Minnesota and Philadelphia. In 2012, he played just nine with the Phillies.
He may have played more, but in spring training last year with Oakland, Pridie was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse. It was his second positive test.
“I made a bad decision, and I had to pay for it,” Pridie said.
“There’s no one in here who can say they never made a mistake in their life. Some people’s mistakes are a little more in the open. Some people’s mistakes have bigger consequences, and mine, unfortunately was one that was in the open.”
Pridie says that it’s all behind him.
“It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t easy. You learn and you grow as a person and you realize what’s important in life.”
Pridie signed a minor league contract with the Orioles in early December.
“They seemed pretty interested. They gave me a good offer,” Pridie said.
After five years in the International League, several people in the organization were familiar with Pridie.
“They’ve seen me play against Norfolk for years.”
Pridie’s non-roster competition includes Chris Dickerson, Lew Ford, Conor Jackson, Steve Pearce and Trayvon Robinson.
“I know everyone in this clubhouse can play. I’m not worried about anybody else. They brought me in because they think I can contribute to the team,” Pridie said.