The Orioles signed a pair of major league veterans to minor-league deals on Wednesday as left-handed hitter Jack Cust and right-handed pitcher Evan Meek have reportedly joined the organization.
The 35-year-old Cust received a tryout at the club’s minicamp in Sarasota last month and will not receive an invitation to spring training as he tries to make his major league comeback. Cust last played in the big leagues with Seattle in 2011 and is a career .242 hitter in 10 seasons spent with Arizona, Colorado, Baltimore, San Diego, Oakland, and the Mariners.
Cust was in major league camp with Tampa Bay last spring but was cut before the start of the 2013 regular season. He played 28 games with the Orioles split between 2003 and 2004 and hit four home runs in 85 plate appearances.
The 30-year-old Meek is 7-7 with a 3.34 earned run average in 156 major league appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008 through 2012. The Texas Rangers signed Meek last offseason before he spent the entire year at Triple-A Round Rock, where he posted a 6-9 mark with a 4.50 ERA in 33 appearances that included 15 starts.
Unlike Cust, Meek will be invited to major league camp to likely compete for a spot in the Baltimore bullpen.