The Rockies announced the signing of outfielder Jay Payton to a minor league deal, reports MLB.com's Thomas Harding. The 37-year-old last appeared in the Majors in 2008, when he hit .243/.291/.346 for the Orioles. His corner outfield defense generally rated as a positive in his last few years. Payton hoped to play in 2009, but had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in April after a weightlifting injury.
Payton played with the Rockies from the '02 trade deadline through the '03 season. His .309/.359/.532 line contained drastic home/road splits, and the Rockies non-tendered him due to limited financial flexibility.