Apr 20, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT
Corey Patterson, who opted for free agency after failing to make the Mariners as a non-roster player this spring, is back with the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league contract on Tuesday.
Patterson was last a useful major leaguer in his first year with the Orioles in 2006. After coming over from the Cubs for two prospects, he hit .276/.314/.443 with 45 steals and played some outstanding defense in center field.
Unfortunately, Patterson’s performance fell off both offensively and defensively the following year, as he hit .269/.304/.386 in 461 at-bats. He declined further with the Reds in 2008 and he spent most of 2009 in Triple-A, though he did manage to strike out 13 times in 29 at-bats for the Brewers and Nationals.
The Orioles had some room for Patterson because of Felix Pie’s injury, but it’s doubtful that they’ll be in any hurry to call him up. He’s expected to report to extended spring training initially.
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