Paul has many other outfielders to contend with

Paul has many other outfielders to contend with
February 28, 2014, 3:30 pm
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Xavier Paul’s first game with the Orioles didn’t turn out the way he wanted it to. He was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Paul, who played the last five seasons with the Dodgers, Pirates and Reds, signed a minor league deal with the Orioles last December.

“At the time, it seemed like a very good opportunity to win, really. I felt like this team was headed in the right direction with good young players and veteran leadership,” Paul said.

Paul played in the postseason in 2012 with Cincinnati. His new team compares favorably, he said.

“We have just as much talent as the team I played for in 2012 when I was with the Reds. This team has just as much talent or more,” Paul said. “This is a playoff caliber team, and a team that could possibly go all the way.”

Since Paul signed, the Orioles added other outfielders. Julio Borbon, Quintin Berry and Paul are left-handed. Delmon Young and Nelson Cruz are right-handed.

That may not help Paul.

“I’m still in camp,” Paul says with a laugh. “I’ve been around long enough to know that all you want as a player is opportunity. You hope to have a great camp and end up leaving with the team,” Paul said.

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