Saturday, October 25, 2008
Adam Loewen had one more curveball left in him.
Loewen, the former first-round draft pick who is trying to resurrect his career as a position player after injuries ended his days as a pitcher, surprised the Baltimore Orioles yesterday by signing a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.
"I was a little surprised," Orioles President Andy MacPhail said. "I thought we were pretty much there in a deal, but apparently not."
Earlier this week, Baltimore released Loewen from his original contract, a major league deal that prevented him from being sent to the minor leagues. Following a two-day waiver period, the Orioles intended to re-sign him to a minor league deal. But the 24-year-old native of British Columbia opted to play for Toronto.
"The appeal was playing for his native Canada, and we are a proud part of the United States, and we make no apologies for that," MacPhail said. "We wish him well."
-- Marc Carig