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Orioles sign eight to minor league contracts

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Orioles sign eight to minor league contracts

With their 40-man roster full, the Orioles signed eight players to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.

One of them, left-handed pitcher Cesar Cabral, pitched for the Orioles last year, and had two scoreless outings.

Another, infielder Steve Tolleson, played 29 games for the Orioles in 2012, hitting .183. Tolleson played for Toronto in 2014 and 2015.

Two right-handed pitchers, Pedro Beato and Todd Redmond, are back with the Orioles. Beato rejoined the Orioles organization last season, and was 5-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 65 games for Norfolk.

Beato has a 4-2 record with a 4.34 ERA in four major league seasons with the Mets, Red Sox and Braves. He was taken from the Orioles by New York in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.

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Redmond was with the Orioles in 2013’s spring training. He has a 5-8 record with a 5.25 ERA in parts of four major league seasons with Cincinnati and Toronto. The Blue Jays claimed him on waivers from the Orioles in March 2013.

Also signed was South Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who’s batted .302 in five minor league seasons in the Seattle organization.

Three minor leaguers were re-signed: left-handed pitcher Ashur Tolliver, infielder Ozzie Martinez and catcher Audry Perez.

Tolliver, the Orioles’ fifth round selection in the 2009 draft, is 8-8 with a 3.19 ERA in six seasons with Aberdeen, Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie.

Martinez, who played 34 games with the Marlins in 2010 and 2011, played excellent defense with Bowie last season, and Perez, who appeared in three games for St. Louis in 2013 and 2014, hit .243 in 78 games for Norfolk in 2015.

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park