Signed OF/DH Nelson Cruz, LHP Chris Jones Designated for Assignment

The Orioles announced that they have signed OF/DH Nelson Cruz to a 1yr $8M contract with incentives for $750,000. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated LHP Chris Jones for assignment.

Cruz, 33, had a .266/.327/.506 batting line in 456 plate appearances in 2013. He also served a 50-game suspension due to the Biogenesis scandal. You can read analysis of Cruz’s contract here, and how it affects the Orioles here.

Jones, 25, had a solid season in the O’s minors, holding Left-handers to a .196/.291/.268 batting line. He mainly profiles as a LOOGY at the major league level.