The latest on the Orioles:
- The Orioles signed Conor Jackson to a minor league deal, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com and other reporters. Jackson, 30, spent 2012 with the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox, hitting .277/.363/.434 in 366 plate appearances while playing the outfield corners and third base.
- Though executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette would like to add a power bat, he dismissed Nick Swisher as a possibility.
- The Orioles announced they've signed 18-year-old lefty Jan Novak from the Czech Republic. I'm told Novak is tall and athletic southpaw who sits in the high 80s with the makings of a change-up and slider. He's understandably a bit raw.