According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Baltimore Orioles have signed shortstop Cale Iorg to a minor league contract. Iorg, who is the son of former major leaguer Garth Iorg, will report to AA Bowie after being released by the Detroit Tigers at the end of spring training.
The Canadian-born infielder was drafted in the sixth round (211th overall) of the 2007 draft by the Tigers, and spent six years in the organization, reaching AAA Toledo in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Following the 2008 season, Iorg was ranked as the third best prospect in the Tigers system, but offensive struggles and injuries have hampered his career to this point. He is still known as an excellent fielder, and will provide the Orioles with organizational depth at the Double-A level.
Iorg suited up for Team Canada in this year’s World Baseball Classic, posting a 1-for-11 line in the tournament. Following Canada’s elimination, the 27-year old returned to Tigers camp until he was told that he was traded to the Orioles at the end of camp. For unknown reasons, that deal fell through, and the Tigers decided to release Iorg, making him a free agent. After a couple of weeks of free agency, the Orioles reached out to confirm that they still had interest, and the sides agreed to a deal.
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