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Orioles add Vizcaino, Bond on minor-league deals

Posted on 15 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The Orioles made two more depth signings Tuesday with the additions of veteran right-handed pitcher Luis Vizcaino and infielder Brock Bond on minor-league deals.

Neither deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The 39-year-old Vizcaino hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2009 and spent last season pitching in Mexico, posting a 1.40 earned run average and collecting 25 saves. He went 35-30 with a 4.33 ERA in 11 major league seasons spent with Oakland, Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox, Arizona, the New York Yankees, Colorado, the Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland.

Bond, 28, is a switch-hitter who has never played in the majors. He is a career .300 hitter in seven minor league seasons and has played second base, third base, shortstop, and left field in his professional career with the San Francisco Giants organization.

Baltimore also saw all six of its arbitration-eligible players file on Tuesday, which is an expected formality. That list includes catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis, right-handed pitchers Tommy Hunter and Bud Norris, and left-handed pitchers Brian Matusz and Troy Patton.

The sides will exchange figures on Friday, and arbitration hearings would be scheduled eventually should they not come to an agreement. In most cases, the club and the player split the difference to avoid what can be a potentially-painful process.

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