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PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 27:  Peter O'Brien #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks makes a play on a bouncing ball hit by Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Chase Field on June 27, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Phillies won 8-0. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Diamondbacks, Royals make a minor trade

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The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that the club acquired pitcher Sam Lewis from the Royals in exchange for outfielder Peter O’Brien.

Lewis, 25, split the past season between rookie ball in Idaho Falls, Single-A Lexington, and High-A Wilmington. In aggregate, the right-hander posted a 1.62 ERA with a 39/7 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings spanning three starts and 17 relief appearances.

O’Brien, 26, began his professional baseball career as a catcher but was shifted to third base, then the corner outfield and first base. At the major league level, O’Brien has been used almost exclusively in left field. He owns a .176/.228/.446 triple-slash line with six home runs and 12 RBI in 79 plate appearances. As the slash line might indicate, O’Brien offers power but not much else at the moment.

Orioles sign Jesus Montero to a minor league deal

Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero follows through on an RBI-double in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles have signed 1B/DH Jesus Montero to a minor league contract.

Montero, 27, was handed a 50-game suspension in late September last year after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine, a banned substance. He’ll begin serving that suspension when the 2017 season begins.

In 518 plate appearances with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo last season, Montero hit .317/.349/.438 with 11 home runs and 60 RBI.

Reds sign Drew Storen to a one-year deal

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 29: Drew Storen #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eleventh inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 29, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have signed reliever Drew Storen to a one-year major league contract. The deal is worth $3 million with an additional $1.5 million available in incentives, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Storen, 29, started the season with the Blue Jays but struggled to a 6.21 ERA over 33 1/3 innings. The club traded him in late July to the Mariners in exchange for Joaquin Benoit. After joining Seattle, Storen put up an improved 3.44 ERA with a 16/3 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.

Reds manager Bryan Price had been planning on using a three-headed giant in the closer’s role with Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Michael Lorenzen. Given Storen’s recent inconsistency and injury issues, he’s not likely to jump back into the closer’s role immediately. The most likely scenario figures to be Storen setting up for Iglesias.