SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles added two left-handers this week, and both reported to the team on Wednesday. Vidal Nuno, who was acquired from the Dodgers, and Richard Bleier, picked up from the Yankees, were on hand.Nuno and Bleier, who will both turn 30 this year, will give the Orioles
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles added two left-handers this week, and both reported to the team on Wednesday. Vidal Nuno, who was acquired from the Dodgers, and Richard Bleier, picked up from the Yankees, were on hand.
Nuno and Bleier, who will both turn 30 this year, will give the Orioles additional options. Manager Buck Showalter said that he could foresee the team carrying three left-handers, with perhaps Nuno or Bleier coming north with Zach Britton and Donnie Hart.
"It's been amazing what they've been doing, and what the front office has been doing," Nuno said. "I'm excited, I'm thrilled to be a part of the bullpen. I can't wait to start my day and everything. They've been contenders, and I'm very excited and blessed to have this opportunity."
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In four big league seasons with the Yankees, D-backs and Mariners, Nuno is 5-20 with a 4.02 ERA. The southpaw, who will leave camp on March 5 to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, is attractive to the Orioles because he can both start and relieve.
Bleier piqued the Orioles' interest this past season when he had a 1.96 ERA in 23 games with the Yankees, but he was designated for assignment on Feb. 16 and traded for cash considerations.
"I try and be realistic. I didn't think I was going to make it through the offseason," Bleier said. "I think that my numbers put me in front of a few other guys, and then they just got to me on the list of people where they needed a roster spot for."
Bleier and Nuno will compete with Logan Verrett, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright for the final spots in the bullpen. All but Bleier have started and relieved in the big leagues, and all have options.
Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Sarasota.