ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Orioles have signed lefty reliever Ryan O'Rourke. It’s not yet known if it’s a major or minor league deal, but it is presumably a minor league deal.
O’Rourke, 29, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early May. If his rehab continues to progress as expected, he may be able to make a midseason debut.
Over parts of two seasons in the majors, O’Rourke has a career 4.98 ERA with a 48/25 K/BB ratio in 47 innings.
Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.
Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.
The Twins make number nine.