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Monday, January 20, 2014

Orioles Notes: Baltimore signs Luis Vizcaino to a minor league contract


By on 1/20/2014 03:18:00 PM

Undeterred by a critically questioned off season, the Baltimore Orioles have stayed aggressive on the minor league free agent front agreeing to a contract with veteran right-hander Luis Vizcaino. As first reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the reliever is expected to be in big league camp after recently serving as the closer for Yucatan of the Mexican League.
                                                   
Now pushing 40, the Dominican-born Vizcaino returns to the states         after a 50-game ban in 2011 for testing positive for the performance enhancing drug stanozolol.

Continuing his career in Taiwan, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico in the years to follow, the former Yankee never fully lost sight on a return to the big leagues.

An elder statesman of eleven seasons in the majors, Vizcaino earned a reputation as workhorse appearing in 65 or more games in six consecutive seasons from 2002-07. For his career, he registered a 4.33 lifetime ERA with 8.1 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9.

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