By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
3:37 PM EST, January 31, 2014
The Orioles have signed veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the club confirmed.
Gonzalez, who turns 37 in February, hit .177 with a .203 on-base percentage in 118 plate appearances through 41 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last year.
He is a veteran of 15 major league seasons and was an All-Star for the Florida Marlins in 1999. He has a career batting average of .246 in 1,600 major league games with six different teams.
Meanwhile, right-hander Jason Hammel has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs, pending a physical, according to FoxSports.com.
We had written Thursday morning that it was unlikely Hammel would return to the Orioles because they don't have a guaranteed spot in the rotation for him.
Last year's Opening Day starter, Hammel went 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA.
CBSSports.com reported Thursday that former Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit agreed to a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Orioles released Betemit in September. He had missed most of the season after tearing a knee ligament in March.
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