Baltimore Orioles sign former Angels infielder

Updated: February 1, 2017

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed on a minor-league deal with former Los Angeles Angels infielder Johnny Giavotella. He will compete for a bench spot in Spring Training.

The Orioles need infield depth and Johnny Giavotella can provide that. If he makes the Major League team Giavotella can earn up to $1.1 million according to Jon Heyman. Giavotella most recently played for the Angels in 2016.

He hit .260/.287/.376 with six homers and 31 RBI in 99 games in 2016. Giavottella is a former 2nd round pick of the Kansas City Royals from the 2008 amateur draft. Traded to the Angels in 2014, but lost his starting job with the Angels.

The Angels acquired Danny Espinosa over the off-season and he will play everyday second base for the team. With a full infield the Angels did not need to keep Giavotella. The Orioles is a good fit for Giavotella with less pressure on him.

Giavotella has a career .256 batting average over six Major League seasons. He has not become the everyday second baseman that many scouts believed he would. A solid player, but can relax more knowing he does not have to be the everyday player.

During his six year career Giavotella has played all second base besides one game at shortstop and five at DH. The fact he was not versatile could have been part of the reason the Angels decided to part ways with him. Giavotella did not put up starter numbers at second base and was unable to play any other position.

Giavotella could likely expand his versatility in 2017 and move around the infield. Having a super utility infielder could be a key for the Orioles. If Giavotella can turn into that guy he might have found his new role in Baltimore.

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