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Orioles sign Quintin Berry to a Minor League deal

Jan 3, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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The Orioles have signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a Minor League deal with an invitation to spring training, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN. If his performance merits it, Berry could land a job on the Orioles’ bench, adding some much-needed speed. Nate McLouth, who stole 30 bases in 2013 for the O’s, signed with the Nationals. Center fielder Adam Jones was second on the team with 14 steals.

Orioles executive VP Dan Duquette likes Berry for a lot of reasons, saying, “He’s a good outfielder, an outstanding basestealer and he’s shown good on-base capability, particularly against right-handed pitching.”

Berry spent the 2013 season with three different clubs, starting with the Tigers, then the Royals, and ultimately ending up with the Red Sox. Overall, in 381 plate appearances at Triple-A, he posted a paltry .566 OPS but he did steal 30 bases in 34 attempts. He only had nine plate appearances in the Majors with the Red Sox, but he proved useful in the post-season, stealing three bases in as many attempts.

Britt Ghiroli suggests that Berry’s competition includes David Lough, Francisco Peguero, and Henry Urrutia.

  1. papacrick - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    He’s boys with Adam Jones so I’m sure that had sumthin to do with it

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    He was 5 for 8 with the Sox.

    I’m sure that some of the more rabidly-optimistic fans will bemoan the loss of his sure-fire potential.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    And the team’s stellar off-season continues

    • historiophiliac - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Sorry, man.

  4. pastabelly - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    No, we won’t be bringing in Balfour, but Berry won a ring as a pinch runner.

  5. rockthered1286 - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Angelos is really trying to give Loria a run for his money as worst owner in the game…

    • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      He will fail.

  6. beachnbaseball - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Dumpster Divin’ Dan Duquette does it again. What a waste of an off season for a team that was showing some potential.

    ‘Orioles executive VP Dan Duquette likes Berry for a lot of reasons, saying, ”He’s a good outfielder, an outstanding basestealer and he’s shown good on-base capability, particularly against right-handed pitching.”

    The real reason Duquette likes Berry is that he’s easy on the check book. An Angelos requirement.

  7. grumpyoleman - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    One of the cases where speed and defense is over rated

  8. jmbic - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    The final piece.

  9. historiophiliac - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    For all y’all who like to complain about the DH and what a waste it is to have a player to do just one thing, I’d like to point out that spending any kind of money for a pinch runner is the extreme of of specialization. Really, the only reason to do so is because you’ve got money to burn. And, I’m sure that folks will still show up to see Crush Davis bash HR’s but not to see Berry steal bases (and I don’t hate him, he was okay for us).

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