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Orioles reportedly sign Cust, Meek to minor-league deals

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

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.

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Orioles sign veteran Delmon Young to minor-league deal

Posted on 13 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Looking to add another designated hitter option, the Orioles announced Monday they’ve reached a minor-league agreement with veteran outfielder Delmon Young that includes an invitation to spring training.

The 28-year-old is a career .303 hitter against left-handed pitching and split time between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay last season, hitting .260 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in. In eight major league seasons, Young has hit .282 with 100 home runs and 520 RBIs in 3,692 career at-bats.

Young will compete with the likes of Nolan Reimold, Steve Pearce, and Rule 5 selection Michael Almanzar for the right-handed DH job previously held by Danny Valencia, who was dealt to Kansas City for left fielder David Lough earlier this winter.

Former Oriole Jack Cust also contacted the organization about a tryout and is expected to work out at the club’s minicamp in Sarasota on Tuesday. The soon-to-be 35-year-old hasn’t played in the majors since 2011.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Monday the Orioles have also shown interest in a reunion with power hitting infielder Mark Reynolds.

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