SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles are bringing back Michael Bourn, signing the veteran outfielder to a one-year Minor League deal with an invitation to big league camp on Monday night.
The deal, worth a reported $2 million if Bourn makes the team, gives the O's another outfield option along with a much-needed speedster and defense-first player.
"Michael Bourn's all-around play helped the club earn a 2016 playoff spot, and the O's are glad to have him back for '17," said Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations.
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The 34-year-old Bourn experienced a resurgence of sorts after being acquired by Baltimore in September 2016, hitting .283/.358/.435 in 24 games. Brought in to serve mostly as a fourth outfielder, Bourn wound up playing all three positions and started 10 games down the stretch. He batted leadoff in the American League Wild Card Game.
Bourn hit .264/.314/.371 with five home runs, 38 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 113 games last season between the Orioles and D-backs. He earned two All-Star selections and two Gold Gloves earlier in his career as a member of the Astros.
Bourn joins Chris Dickerson, Craig Gentry, Logan Schafer and David Washington as other non-roster outfielders and is the club's third addition this week (following Gentry and Chris Johnson). Joey Rickard, who played well in a bench role as a rookie last season, is also in an outfield mix that includes Adam Jones, Seth Smith and Hyun Soo Kim.
Bourn is a career .266/.329/.357 hitter with 341 stolen bases over 11 seasons.
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.