It's Official: Orioles Sign Greg Zaun
The Orioles have their starter catcher, and he's their former starting catcher.
In a deal that's been rumored to be in the offing for more than a week, Baltimore agreed to terms with former Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun on Thursday night, signing him to a one-year deal with a second-year option. According to the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly, Zaun will earn $1.5 million in 2009 and $2 million in 2010 if his option is picked up, with a $500,000 buyout coming his way if the Orioles decline the option year.
The most interesting thing about the deal, of course, is how Zaun will fit in with Baltimore's uber-prospect catcher, Matt Wieters. General Manager Andy MacPhail is already saying that Zaun will be the team's primary catcher. Zaun's ability to mentor Wieters was a clear motivation in signing him -- he has a reputation for being a team leader -- and it'll only make things interesting if he's successful on both fronts. Will the O's move on next year or keep Zaun around?
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