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Former Orioles infielder Scott Moore will return to one of his former organizations as he has agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. Moore, who turns 27 tomorrow, made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2006 before they traded him to Baltimore a year later in the Steve Trachsel deal.

Moore hit .280 with 11 homers and 45 RBIs in 61 games for Triple-A Norfolk this past season but again struggled to stay healthy. He also got 86 at-bats for the Orioles, hitting .209 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

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I've always liked Moore's swing and his versatility, but it seemed like every time he was about to get an opportunity, he was derailed by injuries.

I wrote yesterday how the Orioles have agreed to a minor league deal with pitcher Mitch Atkins, but overall, I don't expect the club to make too many of these types of signings this offseason. Because they will be dealing with two fewer affiliates (they cut one of their Dominican teams as well as Rookie-level Bluefield), the Orioles simply won't need as many players.

They do, however, need a couple of veteran starters/swing men to slot in the upper levels of the minor leagues for insurance purposes.

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