O's sign righty Russell to Minor League contract

O's sign righty Russell to Minor League contract

O's sign righty Russell to Minor League contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Orioles signed right-handed relief pitcher Adam Russell to a Minor League contract on Wednesday, and he will be in big league Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.

The 29-year-old Russell last played in the Majors in 2011, as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, and went 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 36 appearances. He was signed to a Minor League deal by Atlanta last winter and was picked up by the Angels after his release in July, going 3-3 with a 7.02 ERA across two levels.

A former Chicago White Sox farmhand, Russell also spent two years with the San Diego Padres and is 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA in parts of four big league seasons. Russell announced the signing on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

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