Former Royal Alcides Escobar signs with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with shortstop Alcides Escobar on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Baltimore has been looking to increase its infield depth, and Escobar is expected to challenge for the starting shortstop spot.

The 32-year-old Escobar has played 11 seasons with Milwaukee and Kansas City and has a .258 lifetime average. In 2018, he hit .231 with four homers and 31 RBIs.

Escobar won the Gold Glove and was an All-Star in 2015, the same year Kansas City won the World Series.

In 2014, 2016 and 2017, Escobar played all 162 games.

Kansas City's July 8, 2018, matchup with the Boston Red Sox marked the end of a 412-consecutive games played streak for Escobar which began in Sept. of 2015. It was the longest active streak in the majors at that time.