BALTIMORE –- The Orioles officially announced the signing of Cuban left-handed pitcher Ariel Miranda to a minor league contract.
Miranda who was 22-25 with a 3.78 ERA in 80 appearances over seven years in Cuba, will report to Sarasota, Fla., and be evaluated.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Miranda would probably start in Frederick or Bowie.
Duquette wouldn’t reveal a signing bonus, but did say it wasn’t the most paid to a Cuban player. Dariel Alvarez, an outfielder now at Norfolk signed for $800,000.
“He has good experience. He has good pitches. Hopefully he can help us, maybe later this year or sometime next year,” Duquette said.
Miranda and his agent, Jose Estrada, left before the start of Wednesday’s game to return to Florida.
“It’s a dream come true for any Cuban baseball player to sign a professional contract with a major league organization like the Orioles,” Miranda said through Estrada.
Miranda left Cuba for the Dominican Republic last year and has been in the U.S. since March.
“The Orioles have one of the best pitching coaches in the business and a great minor system. For him, it would be a great opportunity to help the major league team as soon as possible,” Estrada said.
Miranda spoke with Alvarez and Henry Urrutia, who signed with the Orioles in July 2012 before agreeing to terms. They both recommended the Orioles.
NOTES: Duquette said Dylan Bundy received an MRI on his right shoulder and it showed tendinitis. “He’s been instructed to rest and anti-inflammatories were prescribed,” Duquette said.
-Duquette said that there were “a couple of clubs” who were interested in Alejandro De Aza. The Orioles designated him for assignment earlier on Wednesday.
-The Orioles haven’t heard about a hearing date on an appeal of Brian Matusz’s eight-game suspension.
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