Orioles announce minor league deals with Galarraga, Neshek, Paulino
By By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun|
Jan 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM
The Orioles announced several minor league signings Monday, including making official a deal with right-hander Armando Galarraga.
The club also announced that it agreed to minor league deals with catcher Ronny Paulino and reliever Pat Neshek. All three will receive invitations to spring training camp.
Galarraga, 30, was 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA in eight starts with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year. Originally signed as an amateur out of Venezuela in 1998 by Fred Ferreira, the Orioles' current executive director of international recruiting, Galarraga is best known for coming one out -- and one blown call -- from pitching a perfect game in 2010 as a Detroit Tiger.
Neshek, 31, was 1-1 with a 4.01 ERA in 25 games with the San Diego Padres last season. The sidearmer was one of the most effective short relievers in baseball when he recorded consecutive sub-3.00 ERAs with the Minnesota Twins in 2006 and 2007. His career was slowed by injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2008.
Paulino, 30, batted .268 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 78 games with the New York Mets in 2011. A former starter with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he is a career .273 hitter in parts of seven seasons in the majors.
Here's the list of the players receiving spring training invitations. It includes minor league pitcher Steve Johnson, a St. Paul's graduate, who has never been invited full time to the Orioles' big league camp (but was with the San Francisco Giants as a Rule 5 selection in 2010).
Pitchers: Ryan Edell, Dennys Reyes, Willie Eyre, Galarraga, Neshek, Johnson, Jon Link, Oscar Villarreal and Miguel Socolovich; catchers John Hester, Brian Ward and Paulino; outfielder Scott Beerer and infielder Steve Tolleson.