Offseason Plan: Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles finally have some good, young talent, especially pitching wise. There system is pretty loaded there. They have the recent drafted Brian Matusz and another top ten pitching prospect in Chris Tillman. Those two, combined with Jeremy Guthrie give the O’s pitching a bright future. They also ahve mid-tier pitching propsects like Troy Patten, Garret Olsen, and Radhams Liz. Those players can fill out the finale two spots. They could add one starter if need be, but it makes more sense to go after hitters. They have the best prospect in the MLB in Matt Wieters. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones solidify right field and center field. That’s three positions they don’t have to worry about in catcher, right field, and center field. They need a new infield, however. They also need a left fielder. They shouldn’t jump into free agency jusy yet. First, they need an infield. Offer a contract to Brian Roberts, if he declines, then trade him for an infielder. To the Dodgers for Chin-Lung Hu makes sense. They should also flip George Sherrill for an infielder. Maybe if the Angels resign Mark Teixera they’ll trade Kendry Moralas for Sherrill. Deal Ramon Hernandez, Melvin Mora, and Aubrey Huff if you can as salary dumps. Try to get some infield talent, and then in 2010, when all of their bad contracts will be off the books, then they should dip into free agency to fill their remaining holes. This team could be a contender by 2010 if they make the right moves.

Advertisements

2 comments

  1. mymrbig@yahoo.com

    Why don’t Luke Scott and his 122 OPS+ (career 124 OPS+) count as a left fielder for the Orioles? I mean, he has pretty much established himself as a consistent .260/.350/.500 hitter, which is above-average. He is still dirt cheap, so I just don’t see LF as any kind of need for the Orioles.

  2. Joe

    You’re right, Scott is a decent left fielder. They have more pressing needs, but Do you really expect them to win the AL East with Luke Scott playing left field? I don’t. Not when the Yankees have Xavier Nady and the Red Sox with Jason Bay. Plaus, this years left field market is huge, and they could add one rather easily. Left field is the place they could make the biggest splash.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s