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Orioles sign Pat Neshek, Ronny Paulino to minors deals

Jan 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Baltimore added some depth for spring training, signing right-hander Pat Neshek and catcher Ronny Paulino to minor-league deals with camp invites.

Neshek was an excellent setup man for the Twins in 2006 and 2007, but underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2008 and hasn’t been the same since. He threw 25 innings for the Padres last season and had a decent-looking 4.01 ERA, but that came with more walks (22) than strikeouts (20) and the side-armer struggled to crack 90 miles per hour. He does, however, remain an elite tweeter.

Paulino was non-tendered by the Mets after hitting just .268 with a .312 on-base percentage and .351 slugging percentage in 248 plate appearances last season and seems unlikely to unseat Taylor Teagarden as starting catcher Matt Wieters‘ backup. He’s cracked a .700 OPS just once in the past four seasons.

  1. QuothTheRaven - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    YES! Here we go baby we’re getting 70 wins this year I know we can do it. LETS GET IT!

  2. moagecu - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Who?

  3. icanspeel - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Neshek has quite the interesting Twitter, but not as interesting as his pitching delivery. He struggled to find the strike zone badly last year on the Padres

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