O's free McDonald for Sequea

October 16, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Orioles outfielder Darnell McDonald has been sent outright to Triple-A Ottawa and, upon assignment, became a six-year minor league free agent, the club announced yesterday.

McDonald, the 26th overall selection in the 1997 draft, made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2004. He batted .234 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in 107 games for Ottawa and .156 with one RBI in 17 games with the Orioles.

The Orioles also purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jacobo Sequea from Double-A Bowie and added him to the 40-man roster. Sequea, 23, went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 27 saves in 59 games for the Baysox.

Sequea led the Eastern League in games pitched and was second in the league in saves, setting a Bowie franchise record. Sequea was acquired in 1999 from Cincinnati along with left-hander B.J. Ryan in exchange for right-hander Juan Guzman.

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