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Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore have come to terms with reliever on a one-year contract. The deal is contingent on the righthander passing a physical. The 33-year-old DeJean is the third free agent to sign with Baltimore this month, joining All-Stars and .

"Those are two really exciting ball players," DeJean said of Tejada and Lopez. "That weighed in a lot. It's really exciting to see what the are doing right now."

DeJean combined to go 5-8 with 19 saves and a 4.68 ERA in 76 games between the Milwaukee and St. Louis last season. He has a 24-24 record with 52 saves and a 4.26 ERA in seven major league seasons and has also pitched for Colorado.

The inserted DeJean in a closer's role in 2002 and he responded with 27 saves. He then had 18 saves in 2003 before being traded to the on August 22. In St. Louis, DeJean appeared mostly as a set-up man.

In Baltimore, is expected to enter 2004 as the team's closer, but in case he gets injured DeJean could step in and fill the role.

"That's one of the huge assets he brings with him is that versatility," said Mike Flanagan, Baltimore's Vice President for Baseball Operations. "We also like that he's not sort of a matchup righthander. He gets lefthanders out as well as he gets righthanders."

Meanwhile, Flanagan said talks about the team trying to sign rightfielder are "ongoing." Flanagan reportedly spoke to Guerrero's agents over the weekend, trying to iron out a five-year contract worth $65 million.

"We have flexibility in a number of the areas and there's some other things we want to address," Flanagan said without getting into specifics.

Despite declining the team's arbitration offer, the are likely to re-sign the versatile veteran before a January 8 deadline. That's the final day before May 1 in which players who rejected arbitration offers can re-sign with their old clubs.

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