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O’s sign DH Young; Rays add two on minor-league deals

Delmon Young, who finished the past season with the Rays, has moved on again from Tampa Bay, signing a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles with a spring training invite.

Young will compete primarily for a designated hitter role, according to reports.

Young, a 2003 No. 1 pick by Tampa Bay, was brought in off waivers from Philadelphia on a minor-league deal in August and called up Sept. 1. His bat was instrumental in getting the Rays to a tiebreaker game with Texas as well as the wild-card series victory over Cleveland.

After leaving the Rays in 2007, Young also played for Minnesota and Detroit.

Meantime, the Rays signed outfielder Justin Christian and catcher Eddy Rodriguez to minor-league deals with invites to spring training.

The right-handed hitting Christian, 33, has appeared in 76 major-league games over three seasons — 2008 with the Yankees and 2011 and 2012 with the Giants. He has a career average of .203 with a high of .250 and a .302 on-base percentage in 2008 in 40 at-bats with the Yankees.

Rodriguez, 28, played two games with the Padres in 2012. His lone hit in five at-bats was a solo home run.

Tribune reporter Roger Mooney contributed to this report.

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