This transaction won't rock the baseball world, but the Orioles have started the process of signing six-year minor league free agents.
Their first signee is outfielder Scott Beerer, 29, formerly a second-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2003 out of Texas A&M.
Beerer was selected as a pitcher, but the Rockies converted him to the outfield in 2008. According to this story, he moved to southern California after briefly retiring and began working on his swing with former Oriole Brady Anderson.
Beerer batted .290 with 18 doubles, 13 homers and 42 RBIs in 89 games at Double-A Tulsa this year, and .372 with 12 doubles, three homers, 28 RBIs and a .915 OPS in 41 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He's a right-handed hitter who batted .389 against right-handers after joining Colorado Springs.
You can get his full stats here.
I'm assuming that the minor league deal includes an invitation to spring training. The Orioles usually wait to release the names of every player they've signed.