Lefty Reliever Signed

The Orioles have signed LHP Clay Rapada to a minor league contract.

The 29 year old Rapada pitched in the Texas Ranger’s organization last year, mostly for AAA Oklahoma City. He had a 1.82 ERA and 2 saves for them over 59.1 innings with 61 strikeouts and 21 walks. He held batters to a .158 average in AAA and .188 in his 13 appearances with the Rangers, lefties going just 1-21. He pitched 9 innings with a 4.00 ERA, 5 strikeouts, and 7 walks in the big leagues. He’ll compete for the second lefty job in the bullpen during spring training. Troy Patton, another competitor for that job, was arrested for a DUI in Texas over the weekend most likely assuring he’ll start at AAA Norfolk. Pedro Viola is another guy competing for that role but I’d say its almost a guarantee he starts in AAA as well. The only real competition for Rapada would be if the Orioles signed LHP Joe Beimel, who they have a minor league offer out to as well. Either way I think Clay is a good fit. Hes proven he can fill the Will Ohman role and get lefties out. Or hes good insurance at AAA if we need him later in the season.

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