Southpaw search: Orioles sign Clay Rapada, make offer to Joe Beimel

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In an effort to add some left-handed relief options the Orioles have signed Clay Rapada to a minor-league contract and offered the same to Joe Beimel, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Rapada has spent parts of four seasons in the majors for the Cubs, Tigers, and Rangers while logging a total of just 36 innings, but he’s held left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average and has always posted good numbers in the minors.

Beimel seems unlikely to accept a minor-league deal after earning nearly $6 million during the past four seasons, particularly since he did a decent job for the Rockies in 2010 with a 3.40 ERA in 45 innings while holding lefties to a .221 batting average.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.