SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reached an agreement with left-handed hitting outfielder Colby Rasmus on a minor league contract, pending a physical.
The news was first reported by MLB.com and confirmed by an industry source.
Rasmus, 31, has nine seasons of major league experience with the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays.
He hit .281 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs for the Rays last year before stepping away from the game for personal reasons.
The Orioles had been interested in Rasmus in previous years. Before the 2015 season, manager Buck Showalter visited Rasmus at his home, but the outfielder decided to sign with the Astros instead.
Rasmus has hit more than 20 home runs four times and could be a contender for the right field job, though he's been a centerfielder for much of his big league career.
He'll compete for a roster spot with Alex Presley, another left-handed hitter who was signed to a minor league deal Feb. 19.
When right-handed pitchers Chris Tillman's signing was made official Feb. 21, the Orioles designated another left-handed hitting outfielder, Jaycob Brugman, for assignment. Brugman had been acquired from Oakland last November for minor league pitcher Jake Bray.
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