In an off-season that hasn't produced much noise for fans, the Orioles have re-signed Alexi Casilla to a minor-league deal. The contract also includes an invitation to spring training.
Casilla was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins in 2012, when playing 51 games at second base and two at shortstop. Last year, Casilla had a decent amount of playing time, racking up 62 games with the Orioles, until his season ended on September 23 in Tampa, when he collided with teammate Nick Markasis in the outfield. Casilla suffered a concussion, which was enough to hinder the rest of his season. Casilla, who is 29, played in 62 games, hitting .214 and a .295 slugging percentage.
The Orioles could have avoided buying out his $3 million option for 2014 and look to other talent in the free agent pool, but instead decided to keep him and let him compete. He will be included with a wide variety of competition next month.
With spring training coming up, Casilla is expected to be in the competitive mix for an infield spot, along with a spot at second base. His competition would include the likes of talent such as Ryan Flaherty, Jemile Weeks, and Jonathan Schoop.