LHP Richard Bleier acquired by Orioles

Christian Walker designated for assignment

Christian Walker hit .264 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 131 games for Norfolk last season. (Steven Goldburg)

By Norfolk Tides | February 21, 2017 2:03 PM ET

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired LHP RICHARD BLEIER from the New York Yankees in exchange for a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, INF/OF CHRISTIAN WALKER has been designated for assignment.

Bleier, 29, went 55-57 with a 4.02 ERA (413 ER/925.1 IP) in 241 career minor league games (123 starts). He made his Major League debut on May 30, 2016 against Toronto. In the month of September, he made seven relief appearances, posting a 0.00 ERA (9.2 IP) while allowing three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Walker, 25, batted .264/.342/.449 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 131 games for Norfolk last season. He has appeared in 13 Major League games, batting .148/.258/.296 with one home run and one RBI.

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