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November 21, 2011

Orioles sign minor leaguers Tolleson and Socolovich

A couple more minor league, six-year free-agent signings are trickling in.

The Orioles have agreed to minor league deals with right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich and right-handed-hitting infielder Steve Tolleson.

Socolovich, a 25-year-old from Venezuela, was a combined 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A in the Chicago White Sox organization. He was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox but has spent the last four seasons in the White Sox's system. The majority of his career has been as a reliever.

Tolleson, 28, batted .275 last year with nine homers and 55 RBIs at Triple-A with the Oakland A’s and San Diego Padres organizations. A former fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Twins, he played 25 games with the Oakland A’s in 2010, hitting .286 with one homer. He has played second, shortstop, third base and the outfield in the minors.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:34 PM | | Comments (3)


Whata signing! Well, I'll be a Socolovich!

Nothing like signing career minor league players that no one else wants. Print up those playoff tickets.

The Orioles will suit up 150 players every day. About 100 of these will be "career minor leaguers." It's a little much to complain that some of them are people we've never heard of.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

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