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Jeff Conine


Conine went 3-3 Sunday and has batted .325 (27-83) since the All-Star break.


Conine and the Orioles finalized a one-year, $1.7 million contract on Wednesday. The outfielder's deal includes a $2 million mutual option for 2007 that would become guaranteed if he makes 450 plate appearances. Conine, who played with Baltimore from 1999-2003, can also earn $750,000 in performance bonuses. Last season the 39-year-old played for the Florida Marlins, hitting .304 with three home runs and 33 RBIs in 131 games.


Conine and the Orioles agreed on a one-year, $1.7 million contract on Tuesday. The 39-year-old outfielder played with Baltimore from 1999-2003. He spent last season with the Florida Marlins, hitting .304 with three HRs and 33 RBIs in 131 games.


Conine was slated to be the Florida Marlins' Opening Day starter in right field, but the team has decided to go with Juan Encarnacion instead. The veteran Conine underwent two shoulder surgeries during the offseason and struggled a bit in spring training, batting just .161 with no home runs and four RBI in just 10 exhibition games.

Conine will serve as the primary backup in the Marlins' outfield to begin the year, and he could see some time at first base as well. In 140 games last season, he hit .280 with 14 home runs, 83 RBI and five stolen bases.