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The Orioles make a international minor-league signing, Darren O'Day is about to become a very rich man, and Chris Lee makes the 40-man and is pretty stoked about it.

Don't forget to write when you find work, Darren O'Day!
Don't forget to write when you find work, Darren O'Day!
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Report: Orioles sign South Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi to minor league deal - Baltimore Sun
The Orioles have signed South Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training, according to an online report out of South Korea.

Darren O'Day market: Nats, Braves, Dodgers among teams in mix - CBSSports.com
Reliever Darren O'Day, who could be one of the first big free agents to sign, has drawn big interest from the Nationals, Braves and Dodgers, and while other teams are in the mix, this could shape up as a three-team competition featuring interesting connections.

Why adding minor league lefty Chris Lee to Orioles' 40-man roster was a 'no-brainer' - Baltimore Sun
"It’s a blessing," Chris Lee, 23, said Friday afternoon, less than two hours after getting the call. "When I got that call from Lee Qualls and Brian Graham, it was just — I was at a loss of words. I was so excited. I had very little to say. I was so overwhelmed. In baseball, you never know what’s going to happen, so I was ready for any outcome. I’m going to make sure I’m prepared for spring training."

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Jay Payton and Joe Gaines. They share this birthday with people like 1511 - Erasmus Reinhold, Germany, mathematician (calculated planetary table); 1819 - George Eliot, [Mary Anne Evans], author (Middlemarch, Silas Marner); 1890 - Charles de Gaulle, President of France; 1921 - Rodney Dangerfield, comedian; 1943 - Billie Jean King, American tennis champion; 1958 - Jamie Lee Curtis, actress; 1967 - Boris Becker, tennis champion; 1980 - Shawn Fanning, creator of Napster; 1984 - Scarlett Johansson, actress; and 1986 - Oscar Pistorius, paralympic athlete and convicted of culpable homicide.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1965 - Outfielder Curt Blefary of the Baltimore Orioles edges California Angels pitcher Marcelino López for American League Rookie of the Year honors.

In other historical events...

1906 - International Radio Telecommunications Com adopts "SOS" as new call for help

1926 - Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth

1963 - American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

1969 - Isolation of single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University

2005 - Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.

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