O’s sign OF Quintin Berry to minor league deal

The Orioles have just signed a predominately career minor league OF’er in Quintin Berry. Berry; who turns 29 this season, is a fleet footed, slap hitting, left handed hitting CF who has also spent some time in LF. He has played in the majors in 2012 in Detroit and get 330PA and hit to a tune of .258 .330 .354 knocking out 10 doubles, 6 triples, 2HR and swiping 25 bags without being caught.

He had a terrible 2013 though being used sparingly in the majors and then being in three different minor league systems. He’s a career .259 .358 .329 hitter over 8 minor league seasons. He just reached the AAA level in 2011 and struggled mightily in his first season, but in his second tour managed a .270 .368 .329 mark. Last season though while he played for three different teams he managed a meager .191 .309 .257 mark. Clearly some stability may do him some good and this is purely a depth move for the Orioles. They could use some lefty bats and for more outfielders that can play CF. It doesn’t hurt that he has a rare commodity of speed. He has some major league experience so that can only help if he is ever needed to fill in for a short term fix for an injury.

Berry was signed to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite.


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