Orioles Notes: Conor Jackson, Swisher, Novak

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.

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