12/20/2005 2:39 PM ET
Orioles sign Newhan, Parrish & Gil
Nine players signed to Minor League contracts with spring invites
The Orioles today announced that they have signed OF DAVID NEWHAN, LHP JOHN PARRISH and CA GERONIMO GIL to one-year contracts, avoiding salary arbitration.
Newhan, 32, batted .202 with 5 home runs and 21 RBI in 96 games in three separate stints for the Orioles in 2005. He also appeared in 11 games for AAA Ottawa. Newhan was signed by the Orioles as a free agent in June 2004 and went on to bat .311 with 8 home runs and 54 RBI in 95 games that season.
Parrish, 28, spent the first 2 ½ months of last season with the Orioles, going 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in 14 games. He was optioned to AA Bowie on June 13 and underwent ligament replacement ("Tommy John") surgery one month later. Parrish ranked 3rd among American League relievers with 12.98 strikeouts per 9.0 innings when he was optioned, but also ranked 2nd among AL relievers with 8.83 walks per 9.0 innings.
Gil, 30, batted .192 with 4 home runs and 17 RBI in 64 games with the Orioles last season. Orioles pitchers posted a 3.70 ERA with him behind the plate, the lowest of any Birds' catcher. Gil has spent parts of 5 seasons with the Orioles after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001.
The Orioles also announced the signing of nine players to minor league contracts, with invitations to major league spring training camp. Those signed are 1B Alejandro Freire, OF Keith Reed and 3B Napoleon Calzado, all of whom made their major league debuts with the Orioles last season; former Orioles RHP John Stephens and OF Howie Clark; and IF Eddy Garabito, CA Brandon Marsters, RHP Winston Abreu and RHP Orber Moreno.
Freire batted .246 in 25 games for the Orioles and .299 with 19 homers in 106 games for AAA Ottawa, while Reed hit .200 in 6 games for the O's and .292 in 80 games at Ottawa. Calzado hit .200 in 4 games for the Orioles and .306 in 120 games for AAA Ottawa last year.
Stephens, 2-5 for the Orioles in 2002, combined to go 4-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 23 games between Pawtucket, Charlotte and Ottawa last season. Clark, a .277 career hitter in 92 games between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, batted .373 in 31 games for AA Altoona of the Pittsburgh organization last year after missing the first three months of the season with back and hamstring injuries.
Garabito, an Orioles farmhand from 1996 through 2004, hit .306 in 67 games for AAA Colorado Springs and .307 in 42 games for the Rockies last season. Marsters, also an invitee to last year's spring training camp, hit .214 in 11 gmaes for AA Bowie. Abreu went 2-3 with 2 saves and a 6.48 ERA in 27 games for AAA Tucson in the Arizona organization. Moreno, 3-1 with a 4.44 ERA in 47 games between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets in his career, was on the Mets' minor league disabled list all of last season.