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Orioles sign Alex Gonzalez

Jan 31, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Alex Gonzalez looked just about done last season, hitting .177 in 41 games for the Brewers before being released at age 37, but he’ll try to hang on for one more year after signing a minor-league contract with the Orioles.

Milwaukee used Gonzalez mostly as a first baseman, which is pretty silly, but it’s possible that he’s no longer much of a defensive asset as a middle infielder thanks to age and injuries.

He’ll compete for a bench spot with, among others, Alexi Casilla.

  1. historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    What are you doing, O’s? It’s like the management is trying to pull a Major League in real life.

  2. slaugin - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I don’t believe it until I hear about the physical

  3. bolweevils2 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Hard to imagine him contributing anything useful, but it’s just a minor league contract so no risk to speak of.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I don’t want no scrubs.

  5. johnnycantread - Jan 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I hope it works out, but I wish he was 5 years younger.
    (Then again, I wish I was 5 years younger, too.)

  6. randomdigits - Jan 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Just filling out Norfolk’s roster.

  7. greej1938l - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Why was him primarily being used as a 1B silly? You heard of Segura right? Yeah he’s okay…

  8. thebirdsareback - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Hmm the O’s must need bodies

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