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The Orioles signed OF Joe Gaetti, who played independent ball in the Atlantoc League last year....


The guy put up a .684 OPS in the Atlantic League and was terrible in AA in 2009. Not sure what this is about other than to give the organization some depth at AA or even Single-A if injuries occur.

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    • As long as it's never for the O's I'm happy to see him learning new skills. 
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