Orioles, Gonzalez finalize contract

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The Baltimore Orioles finalized a minor-league contract with infielder Alex Gonzalez on Monday.

The two sides agreed to a deal Friday. The deal includes a spring training invite.

Gonzalez is expected to compete for a spot on the Orioles' bench. He was released by the Milwaukee Brewers after hitting just .177 last season. Traditionally a shortstop, Gonzalez mostly played at first base in 2013.

Gonzalez, a lifetime .246 hitter, turns 37 on Feb. 15.
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