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Orioles sign Mark Hendrickson
12/31/2008 2:26 PM ET
The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent left-hander Mark Hendrickson to a one-year contract for the 2009 season.

Hendrickson, 34, went 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA (133.2IP, 81ER) in 36 games (19 starts) for the Florida Marlins in 2008.

In his seven major league seasons, Hendrickson is 50-63 with a 5.07 ERA (977.2IP, 551ER) in 215 games. In his 61 relief appearances in the big leagues, he has a 3.39 ERA (103.2IP, 39ER). In his career, Hendrickson has held left-handed batters to a .259 average (235-908).

Hendrickson, who resides in York, Pennsylvania, made his major league debut with Toronto in 2002, and in addition to his time with the Marlins and Blue Jays, has seen major league action with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hendrickson was a second round draft pick by the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers in 1996 out of Washington State University and played four years in the NBA with four different teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Sacramento Kings and the 76ers). He is one of 11 athletes to play in the NBA and Major League Baseball.

The 6'9" left-hander becomes the tallest player in Orioles history.

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