Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

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 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.