The Orioles bring back a pair of familiar faces in their most recent round of minor league signings that were announced Friday.
The club announced that right-hander Eddie Gamboa, catcher Audry Pérez, shortstop Anderson Féliz and outfielder D’Arby Myers have been signed.
Gamboa, a former Orioles farmhand who transitioned to becoming a knuckleballer before the 2013 season, was with three organizations after he left the Orioles following the 2015 season. His 2014 season was sidetracked by a 50-game drug suspension. Gamboa, who was called up by the Orioles for two days in 2015 but didn’t pitch, reached the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, posting a 1.35 ERA in 13 1/3 relief innings. The 33-year-old spent last season in the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations and was 10-8 with a 5.52 ERA in 24 games (23 starts).
Pérez, 29, has been in the Orioles organization the past three seasons, most of that time coming at Triple-A Norfolk, so he’s developed a rapport with the system’s high-level minor league pitchers. He spent most of last season at Double-A Bowie, where he hit .301/.333/.420 in 50 games while making 33 starts behind the plate for the Baysox.
Gamboa and Pérez are expected to be invited to big league spring training.
Féliz, 25, reached the Triple-A level last season in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, hitting .230/.307/.350 in 92 games at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He offers some valuable defensive flexibility having played seven positions last season and made 10 or more starts at second base, third base, shortstop and left field.
Myers, 29, is a former Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels farmhand who has spent the past two seasons playing in the independent Atlantic League, hitting .308/.337/.420 over that span, including an .815 OPS last season with Bridgeport while primarily playing center field.