Rockies Sign Jay Payton

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.


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