Liddi agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals which includes an invitation to spring training, Baseball America reports.
Liddi spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons in Mexico, where he hit .281 the first year and just .235 the second. He did produce a combined 40 home runs across that span, a number that is in line with his three minor-league seasons where he hit at least 23 home runs each year. The 29-year-old has a career .208 MLB average in 173 at-bats, though his last action in the show came in 2013. He will have to prove he can hit for better contact this spring should he hope to latch on to a 40-man roster spot with the Royals.
Liddi was released by the Orioles on Friday, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Liddi only appeared in one Grapefruit league game, but the Orioles simply did not have a place for the veteran in their organization. He'll try to latch onto another team looking for a versatile veteran for their minor league system.
Liddi signed a minor league contract with the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Liddi has bounced around a few organizations during his career, including a stop in the Orioles organization in 2013 and, most recently, a stint with the Royals Double-A affiliate. While with Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season, the 27-year-old hit .297 with 39 doubles, 13 homers, and 56 RBI to help him post a .798 OPS. While the Italian-born righty might not make a huge impact with the major league club immediately, his ability to play first base, third base, and the corner outfield positions gives the Orioles depth at multiple positions.
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