As the Orioles continue to build left-handed organizational pitching depth, the club has signed left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to a minor league deal, according to an industry source.
Edgin — who turns 31 next month — has a 3.49 ERA over 129 relief innings with the New York Mets through parts of five major league seasons. Last season, Edgin had a 3.65 ERA over a career-high 37 innings with New York, pitching mostly in the middle innings.
He was designated for assignment in late July and made just three appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas before landing on the disabled list with a left knee injury that ended his season. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee in September.
He’s traditionally had success getting left-handed hitters out at the major league level — over his big-league career, Edgin has held lefties to a .223 batting average — but this past season, left-handers hit .280 against him.
Edgin relies on a four-seam fastball, cutter and slider mix and last season, he began throwing his cutter more often, using it as his primary secondary pitch over his slider.
MetsMinors.net first reported Edgin’s signing.