Braves Sign Spezio, Orioles Sign Cintron

Monday, March 31, 2008

The Braves and infielder Scott Spezio have agreed to a minor league deal, according to Spezio, who was released by the Cardinals for alcohol related problems, will report to Triple-A within the next week or so. It was important to the Braves that he was in shape to play, but also that he had made steps to put his troubled past behind him: "We had a good feeling after the meeting that he had taken responsibility for what had happened over this last year," Wren said. "He has been in a [substance-abuse] program, and I think there has been a change in personality and attitude. He was sincerely sorry with everything that has happened, and I think he's committed to making amends and making a change." I think this is a good signing for the Braves who add a veteran hitter who can play several positions. Nothing has been guaranteed to him, so let's if he can really make it back.

Back in Febuary, Alex Cintron was in negotiations with both the Orioles and the Cubs, but chose the Cubs hoping he would make the team. It is not hard to understand why, but he would be the starting Oriole shortstop if he signed with them. Instead, he was released by the Cubs and quickly signed with the Orioles. Cintron had a pretty solid spring, but was beat out by Ronny Cedeno for the 25th spot. He is expected to start in Triple-A but should be up in no time, assuming that Fahey or Hernandez struggle.