What a great pickup for the Orioles. Payton will do well roaming center field in Camden Yards. The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent OF Jay Payton to a two-year contract. Payton, 34, led the American League West Champion Oakland A's with a .296 batting average, 165 hits and 32 doubles this past season. He also had 10 home runs and 59 RBI in 142 games. Story Hoosier.