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Orioles sign Danny Valencia to a minor league deal

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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 1: Danny Valencia #26 of the Seattle Mariners is picked off at first base on a tag by first baseman Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a game at Safeco Field on September 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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The Baltimore Orioles have signed utilityman Danny Valencia to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Valencia could platoon with Colby Rasmus and back up multiple other positions, which is valuable in these days of 13-man bullpens and tiny position player benches. He hit .256/.314/.411 with 15 homers for the Mariners last season.

If Valencia makes the big league roster he’ll make $1.2 million with $3 million more available in incentives.

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