O’s sign Shed Long to minors deal

The Orioles have made another move during the MLB lockdown, as the team has signed Shed Long to a Minor League deal, according to ESPN MLB Insider, Jeff Passan.

Long, 26, has spent parts of three big league seasons as a part of the Seattle Mariners organization. He has never played more than 42 games in a season at the Major League level.

Splitting time between second base and left field, Long has hit .216/.284/.376 in 417 plate appearances in Seattle, hitting 12 homers and driving in 41. He holds a negative career WAR at -0.4, but it is due to a very small sample size.

Long played through a stress fracture in his shin during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, undergoing surgery after each campaign to fix the issue, his agent, Nate Heisler, said in October. He’s expected to be 100% healthy ahead of spring training.

In his eight seasons at the Minor League level, Long has found success. He has a .273/.352/.439 slash line with 60 long balls and 249 RBIs.

Long was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Jacksonville High School.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native will be fighting for a roster spot, as almost the entire infield is up for grabs this spring training. Long was outrighted off the Mariners 40-man roster and elected minor league free agency at the end of the season, making him eligible to sign a non-roster contract during the lockout.

Welcome to Birdland, Shed!

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