Late Monday night, the Baltimore Orioles announced they signed 33-year-old, left-handed relief pitcher Clay Rapada to a minor league deal. Rapada last pitched for the Orioles origination in 2011. Rapada will join Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, pending a physical.
Rapada was added for pitching depth like Heath Bell was last month, but Bell opted out of his contract a few weeks ago. Last year, Rapada signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on June 13 and was sent to Triple-A. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Columbus but was a September call-up.
On Oct. 2, he was designated for assignment and was out righted to Triple-A Columbus on Oct. 7, but selected free agency. He spent tume with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in December, but signed with Seattle in April; another minor league deal.
Rapada appeared in 14 games for Seattle’s Triple-A team, the Tacoma Raiders. In those 14 games, he had a 4.12 ERA with a 4-1 record. He also recorded 16 strikeouts, allowing seven walks.
Whether or not Rapada makes an immediate impact on the Orioles’ pitching staff, he will add depth and veteran leadership to a Norfolk pitching staff that could use that extra man, and ultimately an extra day’s rest, in the ‘pen.
Rapada’s Path through the Majors
Chicago Cubs: 2007
Detroit Tigers: 2007-2009
Texas Rangers: 2010
Baltimore Orioles: 2011
New York Yankees: 2012
Cleveland Indians: 2013