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January 31, 2011

Fiorentino returns to organization

Former Orioles outfielder Jeff Fiorentino is returning to his old organization this spring after agreeing to a minor league deal, an industry source said.

Fiorentino, 27, was not extended an invitation to big league camp and is considered minor league depth at this point. This will be his third stint with the organization.

He spent last year in Japan, batting .246 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 44 games with the Hiroshima Carp of the Central League. He was limited by injury and a stint in Japan’s minors.

A third-round draft pick of the Orioles' in 2004, Fiorentino made his big league debut in 2005 at age 22. He also played with the Orioles in 2006 and 2009 and had two games with the Oakland Athletics in 2008.

Overall, the left-handed hitter has batted .270 with a .341 on-base percentage in 58 major league games.

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 12:47 PM | | Comments (11)


Welcome back, SCREECH!

The Fiorentino signing means that with him and Matt Angle the O's have outfield depth that would enable them to package Felix Pie in a deal to land that elusive lefty RP or maybe even another starter, preferably also left-handed.

Screech is back! He should have never cut his hair. :)

It's great to have Fiorentino back! Hopefully he can make it to the bigs as a fourth outfielder. I wish him the very best.

I guess this means the O's won't be signing Vlad.

A .341 OBP. Better than I thought. Beats Pie's OBP I beleive.

Hey Dan, do you know the contract of Adam Loewen right now, I heard he is available as a minor league free agent and he has been really raking the ball in the minors. May be able to sneak in and get him back?

Oh, no. Another radioactive boomerang. If Screech makes an appearance with the Orioles this season, that can mean only one thing - they are in a heap of trouble, boy.

Welcome back, Jeff. I hope that he makes an impact. As I recall, his last stint with the organization was not too shabby.

This falls somewhere between embarrassing and pathetic. I hear so many people calling for avoiding older multiple time All-Stars because it will take at bats away from developing players. Okay, where's the concern that a useless addition like Jeff will retard the growth and development of youngsters, with absolutely no useful upside?

The Japan Minors? Wow wonder what that is like?

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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