Orioles sign outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal

Former Yankee will be invited to major league spring training

January 29, 2013|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles have added to their outfield surplus by announcing the minor league signing of Chris Dickerson.

The 30-year-old Dickerson, who will receive a spring training invite, joins a crowded Orioles roster of veteran outfielders not on the 40-man roster:  holdovers Steve Pearce and Lew Ford, as well as Jason Pridie and infielder/outfielder Conor Jackson. In addition, Adam Greenberg, who made headlines last year with one at-bat for the Miami Marlins, was signed to a minor league deal.

The Orioles also have seven outfielders on their 40-man roster: Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Nate McLouth, Nolan Reimold, Trayvon Robinson, L.J. Hoes and Xavier Avery.

Dickerson played in 25 games for the New York Yankees last year, hitting .286 with two homers and five RBIs in 17 plate appearances. In parts of five major league seasons with the Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, has hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage in 599 plate appearances spanning 258 games.

He has a lifetime .369 on-base percentage in the minor leagues.

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