Reports: Orioles Re-sign Infielder Alexi Casilla To Minor League DealPosted on January 10, 2014 by Paul Folkemer
The Orioles added another candidate for their vacant second base position … and it's a familiar face.
The Orioles reportedly re-signed infielder Alexi Casilla to a minor league contract Jan. 10. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
Casilla, 29, spent the 2013 season with the Birds, appearing in 62 games and batting .214/.268/.295/.563. He mainly served as a defensive replacement and pinch runner for the Orioles, starting 31 games and spending the rest of his time on the bench. His season ended Sept. 23, when he suffered a concussion during a game at Tampa Bay, banging his head against right fielder Nick Markakis' knee while trying to make a diving catch.
Earlier during the offseason, the Orioles declined Casilla's $3 million option for 2014, making him a free agent.
Casilla could be thrown into the mix to win a starting spot at second base during spring training, but at this point, he figures to be behind Ryan Flaherty and Jemile Weeks on the depth chart. If Casilla makes the team, he'd likely serve the same role as he did last year, providing backup infield depth and speed off the bench, but not starting many games. If not, he's likely ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk.
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