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Orioles sign outfielder Tyler Colvin

Jan 15, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles have signed free agent outfielder Tyler Colvin. It is believed to be a Major League deal.

Colvin, 28, spent the last two seasons with the Rockies. He hit well in 2012, finishing with an .858 OPS in 452 plate appearances, but suffered a collapsed lung near the end of the season. He started 2013 with Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a .914 OPS before earning a call back up to the big leagues. He struggled, however, posting a .472 OPS between June 8 and July 9. The Rockies sent him back down to Triple-A but the struggles continued and he eventually went on the shelf due to a disc injury in his back. The Rockies outrighted him in September, and he elected free agency in October.

If he can stay healthy, he can be a useful left-handed hitter for the Orioles. He displayed a good amount of power in 2010 with the Cubs and 2012 with the Rockies, hitting 20 and 18 home runs, respectively. Colvin will be in for a tough competition, however. Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun counts 12 outfielders that will be in camp with the Orioles for spring training. They include Delmon Young, Francisco Peguero, Xavier Paul, David Lough, and Quintin Berry.

  1. Charles Gates - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Tough competition is not the same thing as a lot of competition.

  2. cocheese000 - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    The orioles are starting to remind me of the movie major league

    • jerze2387 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      well, that DID end well…

  3. sophiethegreatdane - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    So far this offseason, I’ve spent more on an Oriole season ticket package than the Orioles have spent on actual major leaguers.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      That’s what they were counting on

  4. rockthered1286 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Coincidentally crime is up in Baltimore City since baseball free agency started and so are sales of oversized snap back caps worn over both ears. Thanks Angelos.

  5. joeflaccosunibrow - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    World Series or Bust…

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