Orioles claim Tracey off waivers

Orioles claim Tracey off waivers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles claimed pitcher Sean Tracey off waivers Friday and made room for him on the 40-man roster by shifting Kris Benson to the 60-day disabled list. Tracey had previously known just one organization -- the White Sox -- and has spent the vast majority of his career as a starter. Tracey has started 108 of his 127 games.

The former eighth-round draft pick has steadily risen through Chicago's organization and spent one full season at both Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Tracey, a right-hander, has a career record of 46-37 with a 4.00 ERA in the Minors. He got his first exposure to the big leagues last year and worked eight innings with a 3.38 ERA.

Tracey has consistently limited his opponents' home runs during his career, but he has an unusually high walk rate (4.32 per nine innings). He will likely battle for Baltimore's long-relief slot, which is currently one of the most interesting battles in camp. Todd Williams, Jeremy Guthrie and Rob Bell are the other chief candidates.

Benson, who recently had surgery to repair his partially torn right rotator cuff, is expected to miss the entire season. Baltimore has him under contract for the year and holds an option for 2008, but the right-hander has likely pitched his last game as an Oriole. Last year, in his first season with Baltimore, Benson went 11-12 with a 4.82 ERA.

The Orioles also announced Friday that they have released veteran Roger Cedeno, who had been in camp looking for an outfield job. The 32-year-old hasn't played in the big leagues since 2005 and hasn't played a meaningful role since '04 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Cedeno is a career .273 hitter with 213 stolen bases.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.