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Addition of Alexi Casilla on minor league deal gives Orioles important middle-infield insurance

Addition of Alexi Casilla on minor league deal gives Orioles important middle-infield insurance

In this space 24 hours ago, I wrote an update on the Orioles' nine free agents. One of those players -- second baseman Alexi Casilla -- had yet to sign with a team.

But on Friday, the Orioles announced that they were re-signing Casilla, whose $3 million option was declined in October, to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Bringing back Casilla is an interesting move -- and it seems to be a good move for both the Orioles and Casilla. I think few will be surprised if he makes the team, despite the growing logjam of candidates at second base.

Casilla didn't have a tremendous impact on the Orioles last year, hitting just .214/.268/.295 in 62...

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