Orioles Sign Veterans Kolten Wong and Julio Teheran to Minor League Contracts

Kolten Wong with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017
Kolten Wong with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017. Photo by Del Mecum/Csm/Shutterstock (8445068j)

The Baltimore Orioles tapped into the free agency market earlier this week, signing second baseman Kolten Wong and right-hand pitcher Julio Teheran to minor league contracts.

Wong and Teheran will get an opportunity to earn a spot on the active roster, being invited to Orioles spring training camp.

Wong spent the 2023 season with the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .183 with four home runs, 27 RBIs, and three stolen bases in 87 games combined. He previously spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, winning two Gold Glove Awards and three Fielding Bible Awards.

“I think just adding another player that we’re very familiar with and has been a major league second baseman for a long time,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said after the moves were announced. “We’re just continuing to add talented guys, and a veteran presence is important, also.”

Teheran, on the other hand, is a two-time All-Star who played his first nine years in the majors with the Atlanta Braves before embarking on stints with the Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He made 11 starts with the Brewers in 2023, ending the campaign with a 3-5 record, 4.40 ERA, and 50 strikeouts.

“Like we talked about a lot, you can never have enough pitching,” added Hyde. “To bring in another guy who’s got a lot of major league experience, been a starter in this league for a long time, we’re going to take a look, and hopefully he can help us.”

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