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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?

By Cameron Smith  |  January 16, 2009; 3:15 AM ET
Categories:  Orioles  
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Comments

Let me be the FIRST to say that he's just keeping the seat warm for Weiters. He'll be the starter for the first month when Weiters is in AAA. Then the O's bring up Weiters ala Longoria last year and its his job for the rest of the year. The good news is we got a great, solid vet to back him up, teach him, and speel him every 3rd/4th game or so.

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | January 16, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Terrific signing. He can Girardi this Posada for a couple of years. Had Zaun for $1 on my fantasy team for the past three years, and until Cito decided to go with Barajas, it worked very well. Thinking a bit more about it, other than Roberts, the Os don't have a veteran switch hitter who actually hits before this signing (I don't count Izturis ;-)). Beyond catching, Zaun will be further help for Wieters offensive adjustment.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | January 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Perfect fit and a great move by MacPhail. Its nice to see him come back to the O's

Posted by: DMoney28 | January 16, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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