O's sign Parmelee, De La Rosa to Minors deals

First baseman/outfielder, right-hander both get invitations to Spring Training

O's sign Parmelee, De La Rosa to Minors deals

The Orioles signed first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee and right-hander Dane De La Rosa to Minor League contracts on Monday. Both also received invitations to Spring Training.

The Twins selected Parmelee with the 20th overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and he enjoyed a strong Major League debut in '11. The left-handed batter split time between Minnesota and Triple-A Rochester in each of the past three seasons, posting an overall line of .249/.317/.392 for the Twins.

Parmelee hit seven homers and drove in 28 runs in 87 games for the Twins in 2014, and he had more success against left-handed pitchers, hitting .325 with an .859 OPS. Defensively, he spent most of his time at first base (33 games), right field (33) and left field (22).

Parmelee, who turns 27 on Feb. 24, was designated for assignment earlier this offseason, and he elected to become a free agent after being outrighted to Triple-A.

De La Rosa, who turns 32 on Sunday, has spent parts of the last four seasons with the Rays and Angels. He enjoyed by far his greatest success in 2013 with the Angels, posting a 2.86 ERA and striking out 65 over 72 1/3 innings.

But De La Rosa pitched only three times for the Halos last year, spending time on the disabled list with shoulder and forearm injuries, then undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee.

The Orioles also confirmed their reported Minor League contract with right-hander Steve Johnson, who appeared in 21 games for the club from 2012-13, but spent most of last season at Triple-A Norfolk and is coming back from surgery to remove a bone spur from his right shoulder.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.