Former Tigers pitcher Daniel Schlereth signs with Baltimore Orioles

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Former Detroit left-handed pitching prospect Daniel Schlereth officially signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon.

After being cut loose by the Detroit organization at the end of November, relief pitcher Daniel Schlereth was signed to a minor-league deal by the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, according to the team's official Twitter account.

The 26-year-old Schlereth entered the league with a significant amount of promise after being selected with the 26th overall pick in 2008, but quickly began to struggle with his command after wrapping up a strong 2011 campaign out of Detroit's bullpen. The only expiring player on the team's roster not to be tendered a deal, Schlereth posted a 10.29 ERA over six appearances last year with the Tigers and hardly fared much better with Triple-A Toledo, posting a 10.80 ERA over three games.

While the Tigers remain interested in a left-handed option out of the bullpen, Schlereth's command issues at the minor-league level clearly made him expendable going forward for general manager Dave Dombrowski. Though he is coming off a shoulder issue that ended his 2012 campaign prematurely, Schlereth's contract includes a Spring Training invite and he could definitely catch on with the Orioles due to his ability to miss bats.

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