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Trachsel heading back to Baltimore with minor league deal

BALTIMORE -- Steve Trachsel agreed to a minor league
contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who turned to a familiar face
to add much-needed experience to their starting rotation.

Trachsel began last season with the Orioles and went 6-8 with a
4.48 ERA in 25 starts before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs on
Aug. 31. The right-hander joins a youthful starting rotation for
manager Dave Trembley that includes Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Loewen,
Daniel Cabrera and Brian Burres.

"Steve was definitely the choice of Dave Trembley and our major
league scouts," president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail
said Monday. "They thought his professionalism and work ethic
would be a good example for the young pitchers in the clubhouse."

The 37-year-old Trachsel signed as a free agent with Baltimore
in February last year after the Orioles learned starter Kris Benson
had a torn rotator cuff. Trachsel quickly earned a place in
Baltimore's starting rotation and allowed three earned runs or
fewer in 17 of his 25 starts. He had a 2.37 ERA in August before
going to Cubs for infielder Scott Moore, right-hander Rocky Cherry
and a player to be named.

"He did a nice job for us, especially in the end," MacPhail
said.

Although Trachsel received a minor league contract, there is a
letter agreement for a major league deal if he is added to the
40-man roster.

"I would be surprised if he didn't come north with us,"
MacPhail said.

Trachsel went 1-3 in four starts with the Cubs. His lone win,
over Houston on Sept. 13, boosted Chicago back in front in the NL
Central.

A 15-year major league veteran, Trachsel has a 141-154 record
with a 4.32 ERA with the Cubs, Orioles, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays
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Baltimore also agreed to one-year contracts with left-hander
Garrett Olson and outfielder Luke Scott.

Scott was among five players acquired from Houston in December
for shortstop Miguel Tejada. Olson made his major league debut with
Baltimore last season, going 1-3 with a 7.79 ERA in seven starts.