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Former Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman signs minor league deal with Rangers

Former Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has latched on with the Texas Rangers, signing a minor league deal with the club, the team announced Thursday.

Tillman, who was released and became a free agent last month after declining an outright assignment to pitch at Triple-A Norfolk, will now report to the Rangers’ Triple-A team in Round Rock, Texas, within the next few days, according to a team spokesman.

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Jones outlined some of the discussions leading up to the deadline, why he wasn’t interested in the trade to the Philadelphia Phillies that was on the table, and how he sees the rest of the season playing out for him with Cedric Mullins on the horizon.

The Orioles signed Tillman to a $3 million major league deal during spring training hoping the three-time Opening Day starter could regain his past form after a disastrous 2017 season. Instead, he went 1-5 with a 10.46 ERA in seven starts before landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain.

After posting a 6.75 ERA in six minor league rehabilitation starts, Tillman was designated for assignment July 20 and then released five days later.

Over a four-year stretch from 2013 to 2016, Tillman was the Orioles’ most consistent starter, averaging 14 wins, 32 starts, 190 innings and a 3.91 ERA.

The Orioles open a four-game series in Texas on Thursday. It will be their last meeting with the Rangers this season.

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