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Looking at 10 free agent targets that could fit for the Orioles

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7. OF Michael Bourn
Opening Day Age: 34
Stats: .264/.314/.371, five homers, 15 steals, 413 plate appearances

Skinny: It was definitely a bizarre year for the speedy veteran who was released in April, released again in May and traded in August. He joined the Orioles on Aug. 31 in a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor leaguer Jason Heinrich.

Bourn played well down the stretch for the Orioles, batting .283 with a .358 on-base percentage in 24 games. He also stole two bases, which placed him in a second-place tie for the team lead in steals (Seriously. Joey Rickard led the club with four steals).

Bourn showed he has something left and can contribute to a contender. The question is whether he is better suited to be a fourth outfielder, which is a spot Rickard may snag if he is completely healthy. The Orioles would probably like a little better, all-around upgrade to start in right field, but Bourn probably is in the club’s price range and fit in seamlessly in the clubhouse.

Bottom line: Bourn doesn’t solve all the needs the Orioles have in right field, but he’d be an ideal fourth/fifth outfielder, if that’s what the club wants.

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