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Orioles complete minor league deal with Nolan Reimold

Nolan Reimold was at one point considered one of the Orioles' top prospects.
Nolan Reimold was at one point considered one of the Orioles' top prospects.(J. Meric, Getty Images)

Nolan Reimold is officially returning to the Orioles organization.

The club announced it has signed Reimold to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training camp. The sides were closing in on a deal last week.

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The deal includes a clause that would allow Reimold to opt out of his contract "late in the season," according to an industry source.

Reimold, a 2005 second-round pick, was slowed by constant injuries over the past three seasons. He had two neck fusion surgeries as well as hamstring and calf ailments over that span.

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"Nolan has good ability and he's familiar with the team," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "He's had a little time to regain his skills from his injuries. He's always had the ability. With Nolan, it's just been a question of him staying healthy."

He was limited to just 56 total games between the 2012 and 2013 seasons because of multiple neck surgeries. He opened last season on the disabled list with lingering neck issues and missed the first 82 games of the season. He was designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 1 after his minor league rehabilitation assignment ended.

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed him off waivers five days later. He played just four games for the Blue Jays before going back on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain. He returned at the end of the month but hit just .143 in 16 games in August before the Blue Jays designated him for assignment on Aug 26. He batted .212 with two homers and nine RBIs in 22 games for Toronto.

Reimold was claimed again, this time by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he batted .294 with one home run and four RBIs in seven games to end the season. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

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