Young signing expected today

The Orioles are expected later today to announce the signing of outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year contract.

delmon-young-runs-black.jpgYoung agreed to terms Dec. 24 on a deal that guarantees him $2.25 million and includes a possible $750,000 in incentives.

Who comes off the 40-man roster to make room? Stay tuned.

Here’s the roster again. Give me your prediction:

Tim Berry
Brad Brach
Zach Britton
Dylan Bundy
Wei-Yin Chen
Oliver Drake
Eddie Gamboa
Jason Garcia
Kevin Gausman
Miguel Gonzalez
Tommy Hunter
Ubaldo Jimenez
Brian Matusz
T.J. McFarland
Bud Norris
Darren O’Day
Chris Tillman
Logan Verrett
Ryan Webb
Tyler Wilson
Mike Wright
Wesley Wright

Steve Clevenger
Caleb Joseph
Ryan Lavarnway
Mike Ohlman
Matt Wieters

Ryan Flaherty
J.J. Hardy
Manny Machado
Rey Navarro
Jimmy Paredes
Jonathan Schoop
Christian Walker

Alejandro De Aza
Alex Hassan
Adam Jones
David Lough
Steve Pearce
Henry Urrutia

For what it’s worth, manager Buck Showalter invited Hassan, Ohlman, Gamboa, Drake and Rule 5 pitchers Garcia and Verrett to the minicamp.

Hassan apparently is recovering from an injury and the Orioles want to check on him in Sarasota.

The Orioles will be back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex next month for the start of spring training. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18. Positions players are due on Feb. 23, with the first full-squad workout the following day.

Veteran left-hander Johan Santana reportedly will pitch next week for Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Executive vice president Dan Duquette told me in November that he was open to re-signing Santana and the club would watch him throw. They signed Santana to a minor league deal in March and were prepared to call him up in June before he tore his left Achilles.

Santana’s surgically repaired shoulder is fine. He’s just got to show teams that he’s recovered from the Achilles injury.

The question for the Orioles is whether they’d have room for him. They could use a veteran starter for Triple-A Norfolk as insurance in case of injury, but they already have six starters for five spots in their rotation.

Shameless plug alert: I’m in studio today for “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” from 5-6 p.m. on MASN.

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