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The Orioles signed Aaron Laffey

New York Mets v Colorado Rockies - Game Two

DENVER, CO - APRIL 16: Starting pitcher Aaron Laffey #47 of the New York Mets delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 16, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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He’s not Grant Balfour, but when you’re the Orioles the real test is whether the guy can pass the physical:

Confirmed: Aaron Laffey has minor league deal with #Orioles.

— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 23, 2014

Not exactly the sort of starting pitching splash O’s fans were hoping for, but he’s basically free. Best case: 5th/emergency starter. Likely case: organizational depth and that guy you call up when you’ve had three bullpen heavy games in a row and need a mopup dude at the ready. Worst case: he pitches like he did last year and is released in March.