The Orioles signed former Nationals prospect Chris Marrero to a minor league contract according to a report by Baseball America's Matt Eddy.
Marrero was the Nationals’ first-round draft pick, the 15th overall, in the 2006 draft, but had his career derailed when he suffered a torn hamstring playing winter ball in the fall of 2011.
He had played 31 games for the Nationals in 2011, hitting .248 with 10 RBIs, but missed considerable time in 2012. Last season, the right-handed hitter was 2-for-16 in eight games. Marrero hit .270 at Triple-A Syracuse with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs.
Though he played some left field early in his minor league career, Marrero has been exclusively a first baseman since 2008.