Orioles sign veteran SS Alex Gonzalez to minor league deal

The Baltimore Sun

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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