By Sam Bush
Phillies president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak came from Baltimore, so:
There is an Orioles connection on the rise in Philly.
The Phils have signed outfielder David Lough to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Lough, 30, made 144 plate appearances last season with the Orioles, hitting .201 with a .555 OPS.
Lough has spent parts of four seasons in the big leagues, including his first two with the Royals in 2012-13. He has hit a combined .255 with a .672 OPS in those seasons.
Outfielders Odubel Herrera, Peter Bourjos, Aaron Altherr, Cody Asche and Tyler Goeddel enter spring training as favorites to make the Phillies’ opening day roster.