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Former Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz signs minor league deal with Diamondbacks

Former Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the club announced Monday, his fourth organization in the past year.

The fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, Matusz also was invited to Arizona's major league camp.

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Matusz appeared in seven games for the Orioles last season, allowing eight earned runs in six innings of relief while walking seven batters and striking out one. In May, the Orioles sent Matusz along with their competitive-balance pick (76th overall) in the 2016 draft to the Atlanta Braves for minor league right-handed starter Brandon Barker and minor league left-handed reliever Trevor Belicek.

The Braves immediately designated Matusz for assignment and released him shortly thereafter. In June, the Chicago Cubs signed him to a minor league contract. He made one spot start for the team in the big leagues, giving up six earned runs in three innings in July.

Over eight seasons in the big leagues, Matusz has a 4.92 ERA in 280 games (69 starts) and a career 3.47 ERA in relief.

With a good showing this spring, Matusz could break camp with the Diamondbacks, who have only two experienced left-handers on their 40-man roster in Andrew Chafin and Steve Hathaway.

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