Orioles add 2B Johnny Giavotella on minor league deal

The Baltimore Orioles announced the signing of free-agent second baseman Johnny Giavotella to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training on Thursday.

Giavotella was the Los Angeles Angels' Opening Day second baseman the last two seasons after four years primarily on the bench for the Kansas City Royals. The 29-year-old hit .260 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 99 games last season before being designated for assignment in August.

In 2015, Giavotella hit .272 in 129 games for the Angels. Overall, the six-year veteran boasts a .256/.295/.361 slash line in the majors.