Friday, January 28, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Nick Green and Baltimore have reached agreement on a minor league deal that includes an invitation for the infielder to major league spring training in Sarasota, Fla.
The Duluth graduate and Lawrenceville resident appeared close to signing with the Orioles in December, but the deal fell through after the team traded for shortstop J.J. Hardy and re-signed Cesar Izturis.
Despite those moves, Green could make the team as an utilityman. He will compete with Brendan Harris and Robert Andino for a spot.
Green, 32, appeared in just 14 major league games last season with Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent most of the year in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, playing with Albuquerque and Portland.
Green’s best season was in 2009, when he spent most of the year as Boston’s regular shortstop. But he had back issues late in the season and underwent surgery afterwards.
Originally drafted by the Braves, Green has played with seven major league teams and Baltimore will be his 10th organization. He has a .237 career average in the majors.
If Green doesn’t make the Orioles opening-day roster, at least he could be making a visit home to play early in the season. Baltimore’s Class AAA team is Norfolk in the international league and the Tides play at Gwinnett on April 11-13 during the G-Braves’ opening homestand.