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Orioles Sign Parrish

The Orioles signed on another pitcher today, coming to terms on a minor league agreement with John Parrish. The 31-year-old is expected to compete for one of the back end rotation spots in Baltimore.

Coming off a year with a 2.97 AAA ERA -- and a 4.04 mark during some 40-odd innings pitching for the Blue Jays -- Parrish is an interesting enigma. He's never really made a splash at the big league level, but returning to Baltimore -- he came up through the Orioles system before being shipped out to Seattle in late 2007 -- could re-start one more charge at a rotation spot.

According to MASN's Roch Kubatko, the deal has an opt-out clause that allows Parrish to jump ship if he's not on the Major League roster by April 3rd, a move which, as Kubatko notes, is pretty ordinary for a straight minor league deal with a spring training invite.

And if O's fans want to get optimistic, there is one bright spot: In his first start with Baltimore, Parrish struck out the side in the top of the first ... against the Yankees. That lineup? Chuck Knoblauch, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams. Good way to get started, huh?

By Cameron Smith  |  February 4, 2009; 2:58 PM ET
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