Orioles sign Tomo Ohka to a minor league deal

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported on a handful of players the Orioles signed to minor league contracts on Thursday. One of them is pitcher Tomo Ohka, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2009 with the Indians.

Ohka, 40, reinvented himself as a knuckleballer in 2013. He hasn’t played professional baseball since 2014 when he was with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent league. He did play semi-pro ball in 2015 with the Toyama Thunderbirds and the Fukushima Hope.

Over parts of 10 seasons in the majors, Ohka made 178 starts and 24 relief appearances, compiling a 4.26 ERA.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.