O's sign Paulino

Former Mets catcher Ronny Paulino has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles and received a spring-training invite.

The Mets cut the then-arbitration-eligible Paulino loose in December. Team officials expressed dissatisfaction with calling games and adhering to game plans as well as what was described as lethargy.

The Mets' plan is to pair defensively capable but light-hitting righty Mike Nickeas with lefty-hitting Josh Thole.