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Former Oriole Gibbons takes another step toward the majors

Jay Gibbons' quest for redemption took another step with the former Orioles outfielder signing a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Gibbons is expected to be with the Brewers Double-A team in Huntsville for a couple of weeks and then move to Triple-A Nashville.

Gibbons' story is well-known in these parts. A popular player who was in Baltimore for seven seasons and had his best year in 2005 when he hit .277 with 26 home runs, Gibbons slipped badly statistically in 2007 and then was named in the Mitchell Report for receiving a shipment of human growth hormone after it was banned by baseball.

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He dodged a 15-day suspension by Major League Baseball but he performed so poorly in spring training, the Orioles cut him even though he was owed nearly $12 million for the last two years of his contract. Possibly because of his PED involvement, Gibbons hadn't been able to find another job. He wrote an emotional letter to all 30 MLB teams asking for a second chance but the only team that would give him a uniform was the independent Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. He hit .280 with five HRs and 19 RBIs in 27 games with the Ducks. This deal with the Brewers gives Gibbons a legitimate shot at making it back to the majors.

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