Orioles sign former Red Sox speedster Quintin Berry

January 03, 2014 - 12:25 pm

The Orioles announced the signing of outfielder Quintin Berry to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Berry, 29, was acquired by the Red Sox for the final month of the regular season as well as the postseason, with the Sox landing him in a trade with the Royals (in exchange for right-hander Clayton Mortensen) to serve as a pinch-running weapon in October. Berry played 13 regular season games for the Sox, collecting five hits (including a homer against the Orioles in Baltimore) and a walk in nine plate appearances while going 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. He also went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts during the playoffs, appearing in one game (and swiping one bag) in each round of the postseason. Berry is 29-for-29 in career stolen base attempts (with 24 successful regular season attempts and five playoff attempts), giving him the most successful stolen base attempts without getting caught to start a career in big league history. In his two big league seasons, he's hit .268 with a .339 OBP and .371 slugging mark in 107 big league games. With the Orioles, Berry will join close friend Adam Jones, with whom he grew up. Jones discussed Berry during the 2013 season, calling him an "unreal baserunner."