Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

SARASOTA -- The Orioles added to their pitching depth on Sunday night, trading for left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Ryan Moseley.

The move, which saw the O's designate lefty T.J. McFarland for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot, gives Baltimore another potential starting or relief option. Nuno, 29, went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA and a 4.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 55 games, including one start, with the Mariners last season.

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"Our scouts like how Vidal Nuno competes in the American League and old school baseball people will appreciate how he works fast, throws strikes and changes speeds," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "We look forward to his contributions to the 2017 club."

The Mariners traded Nuno to the Dodgers in November for catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Nuno has a career 4.02 ERA in 126 career Major League games (42 starts) with the Mariners, D-backs and Yankees. His role with the Orioles right now looks to be as a potential long reliever, though he does add some starting depth for a primarily right-handed rotation.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter referenced last week that the club could have closer Zach Britton, situational lefty Donnie Hart and another lefty in its bullpen.

Moseley, 22, went 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 games with Class A Aberdeen last season.

The 27-year-old McFarland went 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA in 16 games with the Orioles last season.

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