Orioles sign Adam Greenberg to minor-league deal

Greenberg gets a shot. (Getty Images)

File this one in the novelty/feel-good section on this slow news day. The Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with outfielder Adam Greenberg, the club announced Thursday. The deal does not include a spring training invite, so Greenberg has his work cut out for him.

Greenberg, 31, is known not because of what he has done on the field but instead due to his unique circumstances.

In 2005 with the Cubs, Greenberg was hit in the head with the first pitch that he saw in his first at-bat in the majors. He then never got another shot at the big-league level.

That is, until Matt Liston launched his "One At-Bat" campaign in support of Greenberg getting another shot. And, late last season, the Marlins gave him a one-day contract and played up the "One At-Bat" angle.

Greenberg struck out against eventual NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, but that was hardly the point.

This offseason, Greenberg has been attempting to get back into the game on a more permanent basis. He was at the winter meetings in Nashville earlier this month to speak with executives, and he now has his shot with Baltimore.

Greenberg played independent ball from 2009-11. The last time that he was in the minors was 2008, when he hit .271/.361/.347 with two homers and 15 RBI in 70 games for Double-A Arkansas.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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