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01/12/2006 4:33 PM ET
Orioles sign free agent Kevin Millar
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The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent 1B-OF KEVIN MILLAR to a one-year contract.

Millar, 34, is a .282 lifetime hitter with 111 career home runs in 8 major league seasons. He spent the last three years with the Boston Red Sox, batting .272 with nine home runs and 50 RBI last year.

A key member of Boston's 2004 World Championship team, he combined to bat .282 with 52 homers and 220 RBI in his three seasons with the Red Sox. He had a career-high 25 home runs and 96 RBI in 2003, his first season with the Sox after being acquired from the Florida Marlins prior to spring training.

In his six full major league seasons, starting in 2000, he has averaged 17 home runs and 67 RBI a year. He is a career .302 hitter with runners in scoring position, and has a career on-base percentage of .365.

Primarily a first baseman during his three years in Boston - he made 102 starts at first base last year, with 12 starts each in left and right field - Millar has played 425 games at first and 352 in the outfield in his career. He also has appeared in 28 games at third base.

Signed by Florida in the fall of 1993 after playing one year with the independent St. Paul Saints, Millar climbed the ladder of the Marlins farm system before reaching the majors in 1998, but his season was cut short after just two games when he fractured the hamate bone in his left hand on his third big league plate appearance. He began the 1999 season in the minors before his contract was purchased by the Marlins on May 21, and with the exception of a three-game minor league rehabilitation stint in 2002, has remained in the majors since.

Millar batted .314 and .306 in his final two seasons with Florida. His .272 batting average and .355 on-base percentage in 2005 were both the second lowest totals of his major league career. He was batting .237 through May, then hit .293 the remainder of the season.

Millar was the 2001 winner of the Marlins "Good Guy Award," presented by the Florida chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Following the 2003 season, he received the Jackie Jensen Award from the Boston chapter of the BBWAA, given to the player who embodies the spirit and desire of the former Red Sox player.

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