The Orioles claimed infielder/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich off waivers from the Atlanta Braves, the club announced Friday.
A switch-hitter who can play first base and both corner-outfield spots, the 27-year-old Terdoslavich has been a .221/.296/.324 career major league hitter over 92 games with the Braves over the past three seasons.
This past season, he opened the year on the disabled list with a left wrist injury, returned in early June and spent the season between the Braves and Triple-A Gwinnett. Terdoslavich hit .214/.254/.375 in 28 big league games with the Braves in 2015, including his first major league homer in 162 plate appearances. Most of his playing time at both levels came at first base, but he also saw some time in left field.
Terdoslavich will compete for a major league bench spot this spring training, but he also has a minor league option remaining, so he can be sent to Triple-A to open the season.
He spent most of last year at the Triple-A level, hitting .281/.391/.452 with four homers and 24 RBIs. He is a career .280/.345/.451 minor league hitter over parts of six seasons.
Terdoslavich, a sixth-round pick of the Braves in 2010 out of Long Beach State, is a Sarasota, Fla., native and attended Sarasota High School, so he’s familiar with the Orioles’ spring training home. He is also the nephew of former big league outfielder Mike Greenwell.
The Orioles had one open spot on their 40-man roster, so they didn’t need to drop anyone in order to add Terdoslavich to the organization’s roster.