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By Rich Dubroff

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles first targeted outfielder Colby Rasmus as a potential free-agent signing more than three years ago. Manager Buck Showalter even visited Rasmus’ home in Alabama to gauge his interest in joining the Orioles.

That visit has finally paid off.

Rasmus signed a minor league contract with the Orioles Feb. 21, and the left-handed hitting outfielder remembers Showalter’s visit.

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