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Orioles sign Josh Edgin to a minor league deal

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have signed reliever Josh Edgin to a minor league contract.

Edgin, who turns 31 years old next month, appeared in 46 games for the Mets this past season. He put up a 3.65 ERA with a 27/18 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.

Edgin underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015. While his results in 2017 weren’t bad, his strikeout and walk rates were poor and his fastball velocity wasn’t where it used to be. That’s why the Orioles were able to get him on a relatively risk-free minor league pact.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.