Orioles designate Angle for assignment

To make room for Luis Ayala on the Orioles' 40-man roster, the club designated outfielder Matt Angle for assignment.

The speedy 26-year-old outfielder, a seventh-round pick in 2007 out of Ohio State, hit .177 for the Orioles in 31 games. His lone big league homer came against AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to lead off the Sept. 24 game in Detroit. He hit .271 in 108 games for Triple-A Norfolk last season before joining the Orioles.

Angle becomes another recent Orioles draftee to be jettisoned this offseason, joining outfielder Kyle Hudson and Brandon Snyder -- all picks under former amateur scouting director Joe Jordan.

The Orioles also announced that they officially signed 33-year-old first baseman Nick Johnson to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training. Johnson, who owns a .401 on-base percentage in parts of nine big league seasons, played in the Cleveland Indians’ minor league system last season.

Also receiving spring training invitations Friday, the Orioles announced, are outfielder-infielder L.J. Hoes, outfielder Xavier Avery and catcher Dane Sardinha.

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