O's add Lopez, Relaford, 4 others to camp roster

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Orioles today announced that they have signed six players to minor league contracts, including former Oriole Luis Lopez.

All six players were invited to the club's major league spring training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

In addition to Lopez, veteran infielder Desi Relaford, right-handed pitchers Jim Brower and Ryan Jensen and left-handers John Halama and Vic Darensbourg were invited to camp.

Lopez, an 11-year veteran who played for the Orioles in 2002 and 2004, hit .222 in 17 games for the Cincinnati Reds last year before suffering a season-ending hamstring tear June 19.

M Relaford, a 10-year veteran, batted .224 with a home run and 16 RBIs in 73 games for the Colorado Rockies.

Brower was 3-3 with one save and a 5.37 ERA in 69 games with the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves in 2005, and Darensbourg was 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 22 games for the Detroit Tigers. Both players have eight seasons of major league experience.

Halama, another eight-year veteran, was 1-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 40 games with the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals last season. Jensen, who has four seasons of major league experience, was 3-2 with a 7.11 ERA in nine games for the Kansas City Royals.

The Orioles have invited 27 non-roster players to spring training. The team's pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on Feb. 16.

In other news, the team announced that three players on the 40-man roster -- outfielder Jeff Fiorentino, catcher Eli Whiteside and right-hander Jeff Keefer -- have agreed to terms on contracts for 2006.

Fiorentino hit .250 with a home run and 5 RBI in 13 games for the Orioles last year, though he spent most of the season at Class-A Frederick, where he hit .286 with 22 homers and 22 RBI.

Whiteside hit .250 with one RBI in nine games for the Orioles last season and .233 with 4 homers and 27 RBI for Triple-A Ottawa.

Keefer went 7-3 with a save and a 3.20 ERA in 54 games for Double-A Bowie.

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Originally published February 8, 2006, 3:34 PM EST

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