Francisco Peguero

Francisco Peguero (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports / March 20, 2013)

The Orioles officially announced the one-year signing of 25-year-old outfielder Francisco Peguero on Saturday morning.

Peguero hit .200 in 45 at-bats with the San Francisco Giants in the past two seasons, but is a .306 career hitter in the minors and had been considered one of the Giants better prospects over the years. He has been a center fielder but can play left or right and should be in the mix for a roster spot this spring.

Here’s executive vice president Dan Duquette on Peguero: “I like this kid we signed, Peguero. He plays good defense, has a good arm and I’ve never had a .300 hitter, that’s 25 years-old, that’s hit that way all the way up. I’m interested to see how he does.”

With the announcement, the Orioles have 38 players on their 40-man roster. That will change to 39 when reliever Ryan Webb’s contract becomes official.