Orioles agree to terms on deal with Tyler Colvin, pending a physical

Former Rockies outfielder batted .160 in 78 plate appearances in Colorado last year

January 15, 2014|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles continue to add to their outfield depth, agreeing to terms with Tyler Colvin on a major league deal pending a physical, according to an industry source. The physical was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Colvin, 28, played in just 27 games with the Colorado Rockies in 2013 while spending most of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he hit .275 with a .377 on-base percentage in 67 games. He failed to make the Rockies out of spring training last year and then batted just .160 in 78 plate appearances after he was recalled for a month last summer.

In 2012, however, the left-handed hitter batted .290 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs in 452 plate appearances with the Rockies.

A 2006 first-round pick out of Clemson by the Chicago Cubs, Colvin hit 20 home runs for the Cubs as a 24-year-old in 2010. He was dealt to the Rockies for infielder Ian Stewart after a disappointing 2011 in which he batted just .150 in 80 games (222 plate appearances).

Colvin can play all three outfield positions, as well as first base. He has played 166 major league games in right field, 86 in center field and 79 in left field.

With the addition of Colvin, the Orioles will have 12 outfielders at spring training, including eight who will be on the 40-man roster.

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