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O's sign Paul, three others to Minor League deals

O's sign Paul, three others to Minor League deals

O's sign Paul, three others to Minor League deals

The Orioles signed first baseman Chris Marrero, outfielder Xavier Paul, right-hander Fabio Castillo, and infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. to Minor League contracts on Thursday, and all have received invites to Spring Training.

Marrero, 25, was a 2006 first-round round Draft pick of the Nationals. He hit a career-best .300/.375/.449 in 2011 with Triple-A Syracuse.

Paul, 28, was non-tendered by the Reds after a 2013 season that saw him hit .244 with seven home runs in 239 at-bats. He is a career .254 hitter with 12 home runs and 71 RBIs in 673 career at-bats while playing in parts of five Major League seasons with the Dodgers, Pirates and Reds.

Castillo, 24, posted a 3.34 ERA and 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 14 games with Double-A Richmond in 2013, also making 23 appearances for Triple-A Fresno in the Giants organization.

De Jesus, 26, is a career .300/.371/.396 hitter in nine Minor League seasons with the Dodgers, Red Sox and Pirates organizations.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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