The Orioles signed reliever Andrew Suárez to a minor league contract, the club announced. The team did not indicate if he’ll receive an invitation to big league camp.
Suárez, 31, saw a bit of major league action with the Cardinals last year. St. Louis had inked him to a minor league pact during the 2022-23 offseason. They selected his contract at the end of July. Suárez went on to make 13 appearances in low-leverage relief. He pitched 27 2/3 innings with a 7.16 ERA. The former second-round pick had a well below-average 13.1% strikeout rate and was tagged for seven home runs.
St. Louis took the lefty off the 40-man roster at the end of the season. He elected minor league free agency after clearing outright waivers. While his MLB work didn’t go well, he lands another opportunity thanks to his solid numbers in the minors. Suárez worked in a multi-inning capacity for the Cards top affiliate in Memphis, logging 64 frames through 28 appearances. He turned in a 4.08 ERA while striking out 24.5% of batters faced with a 45.1% ground-ball rate.
Suárez has allowed 4.27 earned runs per nine in parts of four Triple-A campaigns. He owns a 4.96 ERA through 230 1/3 career innings at the big league level, with the vast majority of that experience coming when he started 29 games for the Giants six years back. Suárez spent two seasons overseas between his stints in San Francisco and St. Louis. He had an excellent year in the KBO in 2021 but struggled in a small sample in Japan the following season.