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Chris Gomez agrees to 1-yr deal with Os

Apparently, those rumors about him signing with the Jays were wrong.

According to the Sun's website, Gomez will be our utility infielder once again next year:

The Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with utility man Chris Gomez, who will return for his third season in Baltimore.

Gomez hit .341 last season with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 55 games last season. The 35-year-old missed most of the first half last season, breaking a bone in his left hand after getting hit by a fastball from Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya.

He returned in the second to bat .402 in 31 games and log a career-high 18 game hitting streak. His .437 batting average in September led the majors.

The Orioles value Gomez's versatility. Last season, he made 18 starts at first base, 13 at second, two at shortstop and four at third base. He'll compete with Brandon Fahey and recent trade acquisition Freddie Bynum for a utility spot.

I applaud this move, even though it's silly to applaud a utility infield signing. Maybe now we can trade Fahey to one of the numerous teams clamoring for him.