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Here's a move that is more likely to impact Triple-A Norfolk: The Orioles claimed right-hander Jeremy Guthrie off waivers from the Indians.

Guthrie, a first-round draft pick in 2002, appeared in nine games with the Indians last season and racked up a 6.98 ERA. He was 9-5 with a 3.14 ERA at Triple-A Buffalo.

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Guthrie appeared in 16 games for the Indians over the last three seasons, going 0-0 with a 6.08 ERA. Doesn't sound like someone who's going to offer immediate help for the Orioles, but it's another arm in the system, and a guy who once had enough promise to be the 22nd overall pick in the 2002 draft.

To make room for Guthrie on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated Double-A pitcher Marino Salas for assignment.

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Also, the Orioles have invited pitchers Garrett Olson and Radhames Liz, catchers Eli Whiteside and Ryan Hubele, and outfielder Cory Keylor to spring training. This is a nice reward for Keylor, who was named the organization's minor league Player of the Year.

This group raises the number of invitees to 23, and lots of people will want to get a look at Olson and Liz, two of the more intriguing pitchers in the system and legitimate prospects. There are people in the organization who believe Olson could be in the majors at some point this season.

The Orioles also reached agreements on one-year contracts with Nick Markakis, Adam Stern, Kurt Birkins and Ryan Keefer.

Keefer underwent ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow on Dec. 1 and won't report to the major league camp.

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