BALTIMORE — Rafael Palmeiro is returning to Baltimore, where he enjoyed five outstanding seasons before his acrimonious departure in 1998.
Palmeiro, 39, agreed to terms with the Orioles on Saturday, accepting a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The first baseman-designated hitter became a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Texas Rangers.
Palmeiro batted .260 with 38 homers and 112 RBIs last season. During a career that began in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs, he has batted .291 with 528 home runs.
"Raffy is one of the steadiest, most consistent hitters in the game. He's a former team MVP and helped us to the postseason twice," said Mike Flanagan, Oriole vice president for baseball operations.