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Orioles Re-Sign Chris Tillman To One-Year Deal

February 19, 2018
SARASOTA, Fla. --  Right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles on a one-year, incentive-laden contract.
FanRag Sports was first to report the agreement, which was confirmed by an industry source. 

Tillman, who was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 24 games during 2017, will presumably join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner and Kevin Gausman in the starting rotation. 
Tillman had been the Orioles' most dependable starting pitcher in recent years, and he earned the Opening Day start from 2014-2016 before beginning last season on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness.
Tillman has a $3 million contract that could grow if he meets incentives.
He was scheduled to take his physical Feb. 19.
The 29-year-old Tillman lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the team's training facility prior to spring training.
A spot must be created on the 40-man roster for Tillman once the deal becomes official.
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The Orioles signed outfielder Alex Presley to a minor league contract Feb. 19. Presley, who is 32, will receive an invitation to major league camp.
Presley is a left-handed hitter, something the Orioles had been looking for, and he can play all three outfield positions.
A veteran of eight major league seasons, Presley has a .263 lifetime average. He's played with Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee and Detroit.
Last season, Presley hit .314 with three home runs and 20 RBIs with the Tigers. He also stole five bases without being thrown out.
Presley and Craig Gentry, who was also signed to a minor league contract, both have good chances to make the team as reserve outfielders.
Of the outfielders competing for a spot on the roster, only Presley and Jaycob Brugman, who was acquired in a trade from Oakland in November, are left-handed hitters.
The Orioles also signed infielders Corban Joseph and Sharlon Schoop, both of whom have previously played in the organization, to minor league contracts. They will report to Twin Lakes. Joseph is the younger brother of Caleb Joseph and Schoop the older brother of Jonathan Schoop.  

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