Catching up with some Orioles minor transactions

Baseball America listed its weekly transactions today, and there are few by the Orioles that hadn’t been reported. The Orioles usually wait to release every name at once so some trickle in at varying times -- I’m assuming most of these players will not get spring training invitations.

Here is the list: pitchers Winston Abreu and Will Startup, catcher Zach Booker, second basemen Travis Adair, Tom Di Benedetto and Peter Fatse and outfielder Edgardo Baez.

Startup, a 27-year-old lefty who pitched at Low-A Delmarva, High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk last year, and Booker, a 26-year-old who played one game for Norfolk, were re-signed.

Abreu, 34, is returning to the Orioles, the organization for which he made his big league debut in 2006. The right-hander pitched seven games in relief that year (10.13 ERA) and has played for three other big league teams since. He spent 2011 with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, going 8-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 53 games.

Another name that sticks out is Adair, a 24-year-old second baseman who hit .284 combined at High-A and Double-A in the Texas Rangers' organization last year. Adair not only is another member of the Rangers’ minors heading to the Orioles’ organization, but he is also the son of Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair.

Di Benedetto, 26, last played affiliated baseball in 2009 with the Boston Red Sox's organization. His dad is part owner of the Red Sox. Both Di Benedetto and Fatse, whose signing had been reported, most recently played in independent leagues.

Baez, 26, was a fourth-round selection by the Montreal Expos in 2003. He batted .259 for the Washington Nationals’ Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg in 2010, his last season in affiliated ball.

The Orioles also reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with 30-year-old left-hander pitcher Oscar Villarreal, who last pitched in the majors in 2008 with Houston. He pitched mainly in the Mexican League in 20011 but did appear in two games with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate last season. first reported the Villarreal agreement.

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