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Orioles sign Chris Dickerson to minor league deal

Jan 29, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Chris Dickerson reacts to being called out on strikes to end the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg Reuters

Baltimore has signed veteran outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Dickerson got 17 plate appearances for the Yankees last season, but spent most of the year at Triple-A hitting .316 with a .932 OPS in 69 games at age 30.

He hasn’t played regularly in the majors since 2009 with the Reds, but Dickerson can handle all three outfield spots defensively and offers good enough on-base skills to be a solid fourth outfielder if healthy.

  1. Detroit Michael - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    A 932 OPS in the International League sounds pretty good, but when you are a 30-year-old position player, chances to grab MLB playing time are hard to come by.

  2. pisano - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    This one could come back on the Yankees, if this guy got regular playing time I think he would be more than average. He has speed, and some pop in his bat. I realize the Yankees were not going to give him many at bats, and felt he was expendable, but I’ll bet Buck will help his game.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Another low risk move. If a guy posts those kinds numbers at AAA, he deserves a spring training invite. Can’t hurt to take a look at him.

  4. mycopia - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I am a yankee fan and I cannot understand the moveI . He could make the team as a designated runner, he low maintenance, and he can field. I hope this comes back to haunt the Yankees who seem more intent on using washed up players hoping for magic. This move makes no sense at all.

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