O's, Giavotella reportedly agree to Minors deal

O's, Giavotella reportedly agree to Minors deal

The Orioles added to their infield depth by agreeing to a Minor League deal with veteran Johnny Giavotella, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed.

Heyman reports the deal could be worth $1.1 million with incentives, if Giavotella makes the Major League team.

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A six-year veteran, Giavotella could provide a right-handed-hitting complement to backup infielder Ryan Flaherty, who offered insurance at six positions in each of the last two seasons.

Though Giavotella has played the bulk of his career at second base, he could conceivably fill in at shortstop and third base if needed.

Giavotella, 29, came up with the Royals and saw significant playing time over the last two seasons with the Angels. His most productive season came in 2015, when Giavotella hit .272/.318/.375 with four home runs and 49 RBIs in 129 games.

The Angels released him in August.

Giavotella is a career .256/.295/.361 hitter with 14 home runs.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.