The Orioles today announced that they have acquired infielder Alex Liddi and International Signing Bonus Slot #3 from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for the Orioles' International Signing Bonus Slot #2. Liddi has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Liddi, 24, has appeared in 61 major league games for Seattle since 2011, batting .208/.266/.370 with six home runs and 16 RBI. In 59 games with Triple-A Tacoma in 2013, Liddi batted .263/.322/.454 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. In 2011, Liddi hit 33 home runs between Seattle (three) and Tacoma (30).
Liddi was signed by the Mariners in 2005 as an amateur free agent out of Instituto Aicardi Agragia in Albenga, Italy.
Liddi played for Team Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and batted .375 (3-8) with a double and two RBI in two games. He is a three-time participant in Major League Baseball's Futures Game (2009-11) and was the 2009 California League Most Valuable Player.
To make room for Liddi on the 40-man roster, infielder Russ Canzler has been designated for assignment.