The Baltimore Orioles have signed 26-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF David Washington to a minor league deal. Washington played in 127 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cardinals last year and he was 109 of 421 (.259 avg, .891 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 30 homers, 77 RBI and 4 stolen bases. He did whiff 169 times last year, but that is the price you have to pay to get the homers from Washington. Washington has now played in 585 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 503 of 2,013 (.250 avg, .790 OPS) with 270 runs scored, 92 homers, 316 RBI and 21 stolen bases. This is the case of the Orioles taking a flier on a young guy with a nice power stroke who could be a late bloomer.