The Orioles’ deal with left-hander Wesley Wright becomes official once he passes his physical. An announcement could come at any time.
The 40-man roster will be full once Wright signs, but the Orioles can make room later for another player.
I’ve heard rumblings that Wright’s deal is worth $1.7 million. He earned $1.425 million this season.
Wright is on Twitter at @realweswright.
Two of the three players signed to minor league deals yesterday, pitcher Chaz Roe and outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, are expected to receive invitations to spring training. Pitcher Jesse Beal will be sent to the minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park.
The Orioles say Roe has a plus slider and think he can contribute next season.
The Rays dealt outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels yesterday for reliever Kevin Jepsen. Joyce had his supporters in the Orioles’ organization - the club needs a left-handed designated hitter - but the Angels pulled off the trade.
The Orioles are in the process of completing their minor league staffs. They filled one opening by hiring Howie Clark as field coach at Single-A Frederick.
Clark appeared in 14 games with the Orioles in 2002 and batted .302/.362/.396. He spent parts of two seasons with the Blue Jays before returning to the organization and playing in seven games in 2006.
The Orioles selected Clark in the 27th round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft. He was a career .291/.362/.414 hitter in 18 minor league seasons.
My colleague, Steve Melewski, reported that Ron Johnson will return as Triple-A Norfolk’s manager, Gary Kendall will return as Double-A Bowie’ s manager and Ryan Minor will return as Single-A Delmarva’s manager. Orlando Gomez is back at Frederick after managing the Gulf Coast team the past two seasons. Matt Merullo goes from short-season Single-A Aberdeen to the GCL team and Luis Pujols moves down to Aberdeen.
Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is now on Twitter at @Jim22Palmer.
The Twins designated first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee, 26, for assignment over the weekend and the Orioles may have interest in him. He’s also got some supporters in the warehouse.
Parmelee, a left-handed hitter, was the 20th overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette likes former first-rounders.
Severna Park native Gavin Floyd signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Indians. He reportedly can earn another $6 million in incentives.
Floyd turned down a two-year offer from the Orioles last winter and signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves. This may be the first offseason when he wasn’t linked to the Orioles, no matter how hard I tried to start up another rumor.
Reliever Brad Brach was back in town yesterday at the 36th Annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids at Dave & Buster’s in the Arundel Mills Mall. He signed autographs, served lunch and played games with students from Callaway Elementary School in Baltimore.
Brach turned into one of the more pleasant surprises this year, going 7-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 46 appearances.
“It’s funny, because just yesterday I was thinking about it coming back here and I was driving by Camden Yards going to the hotel and it gives you chills every time you think about it,” he said. “It was an awesome season and personally I think it was the first time I was able to establish myself with the team. It felt good knowing I had a little bit of a part of what we did last year.”
Brach would have to pitch his way off the team next spring.
“It’s one of those things where I try not to get too comfortable because I’ve had that position before with the Padres when I’ve had a good year, and then I came back the next year and just didn’t really pitch very well,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I come back next year the same as last year. I’m going to treat it like I’m going to win a spot and that’s the way I always treat it.”
Brach could take on a more prominent role, though the Orioles would be satisfied with using him again in long relief, especially to back up left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
“That’s all I can ever hope for, to kind of move yourself up, establish yourself and then get a little bit of a bigger role,” he said. “That’s pretty much what I’m hoping for, but whatever they need me to do is what I’m going to do.”
What did Brach learn this season?
“Just to trust myself,” he replied. “I’ve been told that the last three or four seasons, but Dom (Chiti) and Dave (Wallace) did a great job of giving me confidence and just telling me to trust what I have and go out there and pitch like I know how I can.”
Brach’s confidence soared after tossing four scoreless innings on May 21 in Pittsburgh.
“I can honestly point to it and know it was the turning point for my career,” he said. “Just going out there for four innings and shutting down an offense like that, that was pretty much the turning point.”
Brach said he didn’t watch the World Series until Game 7, the disappointment over losing to the Royals in the American League Championship Series too strong to ignore.
“Yeah, that was tough,” he said. “It was one of those things that I felt so confident going into (the ALCS) and we just ran into a buzz saw. They were so hot. We just couldn’t do anything. It seemed like anything we did good, they did a little bit better. It was kind of one of those things you dwell on a little bit, but at the same time that’s the way baseball is. When a team gets that hot, it’s almost impossible to beat them.”
Brach was asked for his reaction to losing Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller to free agency.
“I think with the guys we have coming back from injury and the guys who are still here from last year, I think we’ll be all right,” he said. “Obviously, it hurts losing guys from the clubhouse, especially Nick and Nelson, but I think what we have coming back and with the guys coming back from injury, I think we’ll be all right.”