SARASOTA, FLA. — The Orioles added corner infielder Juan Francisco to their big league camp roster, signing the 29-year-old to a minor league deal, according to an industry source.
Francisco last played in the majors in 2014, when he hit .220/.291/.456 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs in 320 plate appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays. He also hit a career-high 18 homers in 385 plate appearances for the Braves and Brewers in 2013.
After the 2014 season, Francisco was claimed by the Red Sox, but was non-tendered and became a free agent. He signed a minor league deal with the Rays before the 2015 season, but opted out of his deal with Tampa Bay. He landed in Japan, and played only five games there that season.
Most recently, Francisco played for Licey in the Dominican Winter League this offseason, hitting .153/.291/.224 with two homers and eight RBIs in 29 games.
The move continues to add organizational infield depth. Francisco, a left-handed hitter, plays both first base and third base and would project to get at bats at Triple-A Norfolk at those positions against right-handed pitching.
In recent weeks, the club has shored up its potential infield at Triple-A Norfolk, signing second baseman Johnny Giavotella, shortstop Robert Andino and third baseman Chris Johnson.