The Orioles announced Monday afternoon that they’ve signed five players -- right-hander Tim Alderson, right-hander Brock Huntzinger, left-hander Nick Additon, outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang and outfielder Kyeong Kang -- to minor league deals.
It is likely that Alderson, Huntzinger and Additon will receive invitations to major league spring training, but the club won’t announce that until later this offseason.
The Orioles re-signed Alderson after acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Pirates in July in a deal that sent outfielder Russ Canzler to the Pirates. The 25-year-old Alderson was 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 88 2/3 innings over 44 appearances last season with the Pirates’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates as well as Triple-A Norfolk, where he was 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 33 innings.
Alderson, a first-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2007, was the key piece in a 2009 trade that sent All-Star Freddy Sanchez to San Francisco. Before that season, he was the 45th-ranked prospect in baseball by Baseball America, but has yet to make it to the majors.
Huntzinger, 25, spent seven years in the Boston Red Sox system, most recently spending the final 2 1/2 months of the 2013 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was 2-2 with a 1.43 ERA in 37 2/3 relief innings over 24 appearances. A former third-round pick of the Red Sox, he was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 68 2/3 innings between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland last season.
The 25-year-old Additon spent the past two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate in Memphis, mostly pitching as a starter. In 2013, he was 9-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 131 2/3 innings over 24 games (21 starts).
Chiang, a left-handed hitting outfielder, hit .263/.298/.416 with 36 doubles, 11 home runs and 52 RBIs for the Texas Rangers’ Double-A team in Frisco, Texas. The 25-year-old was signed out of Taiwan by the Red Sox in 2005 and was part of a 2011 trade with the Seattle Mariners that brought former Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard to Boston.
Kang, who is the first South Korean-born player to be drafted in the first-year player draft (his family moved to the Atlanta area when he was 14), has played the past seven years in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system. The 25-year-old hit .264/.365/.479 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs while splitting the 2013 season between Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun