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O's sign speedster Berry to Minor League deal

Outfielder receives invitation to spring camp, offers stolen-base potential

The Orioles have signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced Friday.

Berry gives the O's another left-handed hitter and a much needed stolen-base threat, particularly with the departure of Nate McLouth. The 29-year-old has played all three outfield spots and is a close friend from childhood of Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones.

"He's a good outfielder with good legs and an excellent base stealer," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette of Berry, who is 29-for-29 in career stolen-base attempts, including the postseason with the Tigers in 2012 and the World Series champion Red Sox this fall. "And he's a good on-base man against right-handed pitching."

Berry -- who made his debut in 2012 with Detroit -- owns a career .277/.357/.372 line against righties, and he joins David Lough and Francisco Peguero as outfield additions who could replace McLouth in left field. Duquette also mentioned Henry Urrutia, coming off a solid Arizona Fall League campaign, as an option to help the big league club out of camp.

The Orioles' priority for the remainder of the winter is pitching, with Duquette saying that "could" include adding both starting and relief help. The O's ideally could use a closer -- after trading away Jim Johnson this offseason -- in addition to a starter.

"We are still trying to help our Major League pitching staff," said Duquette, who attended a memorial service for Orioles great Paul Blair earlier in the day.

"We are still looking to address all the needs on our shopping list, but we have been able to add some left-handed hitters here recently."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for

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