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Who is Colby Rasmus and why did the Orioles sign him?

Who is Colby Rasmus and why did the Orioles sign him?

The Orioles reached an agreement Wednesday with free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus on a minor league deal. He will compete for the right field job with a leg up on the competition for one big reason: He bats left-handed.

That would make him the only left-handed batter the Orioles have besides Chris Davis and another journeyman outfielder the team signed Monday, Alex Presley, formerly of the Detroit Tigers.

But Rasmus has been on the Orioles’ radar for several years and they were able to get him on a minor league deal because he walked away from the Tampa Bay Rays and baseball at midseason last year.

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