The Winter Meetings are in full swing, and the Orioles are making moves.
Not making a splash for the big names like Verlander or Turner, the O’s are using a calculative strategy to complete a roster capable of competing for a postseason run.
Today, the Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with outfielder Nomar Mazara.
Mazara is a seven-year veteran who has played for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and, most recently, the San Diego Padres.
A career .256 hitter, Mazara slashed .264/.316/.352 last season with the Pads across 55 games. He would hit two home runs and eight doubles while collecting 18 RBIs.
Mazara was originally signed as a free agent in 2011 by the Rangers. He would go on to make his major league debut in 2016, when he became a full-time starter for Texas.
Over the next four seasons, Mazara would appear in 567 for the Rangers. His breakout season was in 2017, when he slashed .253/.323/.422 with 20 home runs and 101 RBIs. He would hit 30 doubles and two triples as well during that season.
Once considered a top-30 prospect, Mazara has become a journeyman corner outfielder. His low walk rate and below average on-base percentage and defense have limited his potential.
Looking to get things off on the right foot, the 27-year-old Dominican native will be joining his fifth team in five years.
Mazara does fit the left-handed-hitting corner outfield and first base option that GM Mike Elias has said the Orioles were looking to add. He will have an opportunity to make the team out of spring training or become a depth piece while getting playing time in Triple-A Norfolk.
UPDATE: Mazara will make $1.5 million in 2023 if he makes the major league roster, a source says.
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