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Goldeyes sign former Major League outfielder

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There’s no gap in centre field for the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team which announced Monday the signing of former Major League outfielder Chris Roberson, 32.

A switch-hitter played parts of the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, Roberson had batted .232 in 85 MLB games.

Roberson, who is from Oakland, Calif., played the last two seasons with the Monterrey Sultans in the Triple-A Mexican League. In 100 games last season, he hit .337 with 13 home runs and 66 RBI. A year prior in 103 games, he batted .308, with 12 home runs and 46 RBI

"He’s a huge addition to our club," Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said in a statement. "He has a very impressive resume and we’re thrilled to have him. He’s the kind of guy that can be a game changer on a nightly basis. He switch hits and plays centre field. He’s going to make an impact offensively and defensively."

Roberson was selected in the 2001 MLB amateur draft by Philadelphia in the ninth round (260th overall).

The Goldeyes have 19 players signed for the 2012 season, including six pitchers and 13 position players.

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