The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent INF Garrett Atkins to a one-year, $4.5 million contract for 2010, with a club option for the 2011 season.
According to The AP, his deal calls for a $4 million salary next year and includes an $8.5 million club option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout. Atkins can make an additional $500,000 next year: $250,000 each for 550 and 600 plate appearances.
Atkins, 30, is a career .298 hitter over seven major league seasons, all with Colorado .
In 2006, Atkins set career highs with a .329 average, 48 doubles, 25 home runs and 120 RBI. He helped the Rockies to their first World Series appearance in 2007, where he homered in Game 4 of the Fall Classic.
In 2009, Atkins batted .226 (80-354) with nine home runs and 48 RBI in 126 games for Colorado . He played 78 games at third base and 28 at first base for the Rockies and in five games as a designated hitter, batted .450 (9-20) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.
Originally selected in the fifth round of the 2000 draft by the Rockies out of UCLA, where he was a three-time all-American, Atkins made his major league debut August 3, 2003.
With the addition of Atkins, the Orioles’ 40-man major league roster is at capacity.
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