O’s sign Nick Johnson to minor league deal

The Orioles also announced that they have signed infielder Nick Johnson to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. Outfielders Xavier Avery, LJ Hoes and catcher Dane Sardinha have also been invited to big league camp.

Johnson, 33, played in 55 games for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland organization in 2011. He owns a .401 on-base percentage over nine seasons (794 games) in his major league career.

Avery, 22, batted .259/.324/.343 in 138 games for Double-A Bowie last season.

Hoes, 21, batted .305/.379/.413 in 95 games with the Baysox in addition to 41 games with Class-A Frederick.

Sardinha, 32, appeared in 15 games for the Phillies and 29 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season.