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Randy Winn joins Orioles on a minor league contract

Feb 3, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

Randy Winn, Ryan Spilborghs

Randy Winn will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ bench after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Last offseason Winn signed with the Yankees for $1.1 million, only to be let go after hitting .213 with a .595 OPS in 23 games. He then latched on with the Cardinals and actually played quite a bit in St. Louis, but hit just .250 with a .693 OPS in 87 games.

He no longer has the range to be a capable center fielder defensively and batted just .227 against left-handed pitching during the past three seasons despite being a switch-hitter, so Winn’s potential for usefulness is pretty limited at age 38 and the Orioles actually have good outfield depth.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    This signing makes zero sense…

    Where the hell does Winn fit with Baltimore, unless they’re looking to win whatever the Double-A equivalent of the World Series is in 2011?!

    • Panda Claus - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:51 AM

      Win at Double-A AND Triple-A, if possible. The guy has slightly more chance of making the big club than you or I, but it seems to be yet another depth signing by the O’s.

      This organization hasn’t won much of anything at any level for years, save maybe a playoff appearance by AA-Bowie, A-Frederick or low A-Delmarva once or twice in the past decade. I like the effort being put forth by the GM to add quality to all levels.

      But yeah, on the surface, this signing means nothing.

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