Mills Joins McGregor In Return To Orioles' Nest

BALTIMORE—The Orioles are bringing back former reliever Alan Mills, hiring him as pitching coach at short-season Aberdeen. And they're making room for him by creating a new position for another one of their former pitchers, lefthander Scott McGregor.

McGregor, who was on the mound for the final out of the 1983 World Series, will spend the summer in Sarasota, Fla., working with pitchers rehabbing at the minor league complex and draft picks who haven't been assigned to an affiliate. He'll run an orientation of sorts for the new pitchers.

Mills, who pitched for the Orioles from 1992-98 and again from 2000-01, had been coaching at his alma mater, Kathleen High in Lakeland, Fla. He served as pitching coach for the Tigers' short-season New York-Penn League team in 2008.

"It means a great deal," Mills said. "I always felt like Baltimore was like my second home. It's a great organization and it's always been like family. It always had that tight feeling when I was there and I never really had a bad experience there at all. It's almost like I'm at home."

McGregor was a candidate to be the Orioles' bullpen coach, a job given to former Brewers pitcher Bill Castro. He'll take on a new challenge down in Sarasota.

"I enjoy working with the kids, so to be with these guys, helping them transfer to pro ball and to get used to all that, I'll really enjoy it," said McGregor, who was told the club values his experience and wants to put it to better use at the minor league complex. "I'm going to be spending some time with them and get them going in the right direction."

Bird Seed

• The Orioles signed righthanders Willie Eyre and Ross Wolf to minor league contracts, returning both pitchers to the organization. They designated Eyre for assignment after trading for lefthander Dana Eveland at the Winter Meetings. They traded Wolf to the Athletics in 2010 for Jake Fox.

• The Orioles also signed lefthander Ryan Edell to a minor league deal. Edell pitched in the Phillies organization last season, going 5-1, 3.50 in 12 starts at Double-A Reading and 5-5, 3.27 in 17 games (10 starts) with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.