O's purchase contract of Phils outfielder Roberson

Updated: January 2, 2008, 3:42 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Outfielder Chris Roberson was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old hit .286 (8-for-28) in two stints with the Phillies last year and batted .266 in 113 games for Triple-A Ottawa, playing primarily in center field. A ninth-round pick in the 2001 amateur draft, Roberson made his major league debut in 2006.

To make room for Roberson on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated outfielder Jeff Fiorentino for assignment.

Philadelphia also sent catcher Pete Laforest outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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