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Orioles select outfielder Joey Rickard in Rule 5 draft

Orioles select outfielder Joey Rickard in Rule 5 draft

The Orioles need to improve their outfield this offseason, so it wasn’t a surprise that the club selected outfielder Joey Rickard from the Tampa Bay Rays in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

Rickard, 24, gives the Orioles a speedy reserve outfielder who showed strong on-base capabilities in the minors. Players selected in the Rule 5 must remain on the active major league roster for the entire season or must be offered back to their original team.

“He has good on-base capabilities, good skills, he’s got good speed,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “He’s an excellent contact hitter, he can steal...

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