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Orioles sign trio of players to Minors deals

Orioles sign trio of players to Minors deals

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced Wednesday they have signed first baseman Travis Ishikawa and left-handed pitchers Daniel Schlereth and Zach Braddock to Minor League contracts.

All three have been invited to Major League Spring Training, bringing Baltimore's total to 11 non-roster players who will be in big league camp in Sarasota, Fla.

The 29-year-old Ishikawa hit .257/.329/.428 in 94 games with Milwaukee in 2012, making 27 starts at first base. Prior to that, he spent parts of four seasons with San Francisco, posting a .265/.327/.400 line, with 15 home runs and 80 RBIs in 281 games. Against right-handed pitching, Ishikawa is a career .266/.333/.416 hitter with 18 home runs in 741 plate appearances.

Schlereth made six appearances with Detroit last season, allowing eight earned runs in seven innings (for a 10.29 ERA) before being non-tendered in November. The 26-year-old posted a 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings pitched in 11 Minor League games. A former first-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008, Schlereth has held left-handed hitters to a .213/.320/.368 line in 184 plate appearances.

Braddock was released by Milwaukee in May and did not pitch last season because of undisclosed personal issues. The 25-year-old posted a 7.27 ERA in 25 games in 2011, spending time on the disabled list to get treatment for a sleep disorder and missing most of the second half. Braddock went 1-3 with a 4.41 ERA, allowing 25 earned runs over 51 innings pitched, in parts of two seasons for the Brewers. He has held left-handed hitters to a .185/.313/.296 line, with 28 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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