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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Baltimore Orioles Reportedly Giving Consideration to Signing Ichiro Suzuki

December 19th, 2014 at 7:52 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles still need to add to their outfield and on Thursday, reports began to surface that the team could be giving some consideration to signing 41-year old Ichiro Suzuki.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote on Thursday that Ichiro is receiving some consideration from the Orioles.

Quite honestly, at this point in the offseason, we are not incredibly suprised to see the Orioles linked to Ichiro is some capacity. Baltimore does need to add another bat, and Ichiro can still put the bat on the ball for a guy who is 41-years old.

Most baseball fans are very aware of the player that Ichiro was in his first ten seasons in Major League Baseball. He was a perennial 200 hit, .300 average and good for 30+ stolen bases, not to mention a mid-to-high .300 OBP.

While that is all good and dandy, the Orioles should only be concerned about the player he is right now.

Ichiro has become more of a platoon/defensive replacement/fourth outfielder over the past couple of seasons with the New York Yankees. In 2014, Ichiro played in 143 games, but only had 385 plate appearances. He still managed to hit .284 with 13 doubles, 22 RBI and stole 15 bases while putting up a .324 on base percentage.

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Stong Case Can Be Made for Dariel Alvarez to Get a Shot in Baltimore Orioles’ Outfield

December 18th, 2014 at 8:34 AM
By Josh Michael

It is no secret that the Baltimore Orioles would like fill some of the void in their outfield left with the departures of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis. One of their options would be to look in-house and Dariel Alvarez may be the answer.

Alvarez, 26 years old, was signed out of Cuba by the Orioles in July of 2013. He has been quite a find so far for Baltimore and has been extremely impressive at the minor league level.

Alvarez began the year with the AA Bowie Baysox, and along with 1B Christian Walker, the two made quite a tandem in the middle of the order. Walker, won the 2014 Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award for the best player in the Orioles minor league system.

If not for Walker’s great year, Alvarez would have likely been the recipient, but Alvarez enjoyed his time playing with Walker.

“He is a guy with a lot of talent and I was proud to play with him,” Alvarez told out editor.

While in Bowie, Alvarez tore up the competition hitting .309 with 14 home runs, 68 RBI, 20 doubles, one triple, seven stolen bases and scored 52 runs in just 91 games played.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: the Case for Jonny Gomes to Be Pursued by Baltimore Orioles

December 17th, 2014 at 9:38 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles addressed one of their needs on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright to help their bullpen, and now their attention should turn to the outfield. Baltimore has some holes to fill and one player that we believe they should be pursuing is Jonny Gomes.

Gomes, 34, is a free agent this offseason and is one of those players that always seemed to be linked to the Orioles in some form or fashion throughout the past few years. While there has not been much talk about him in regards to Baltimore this offseason, we believe there should be.

Gomes seems to have a knack of being on winning teams and part of that is because of what he brings to a ball club. There are several teams throughout the league that have trouble matching up well against left handed pitchers. Enter Gomes.

Widely known as a guy who simply hits the south paws well, Gomes is an asset for any team that he is on, especially since he can play left field well enough to not be an overwhelming weak link out there.

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Baltimore Orioles Ink Former Chicago Cubs LHP Wesley Wright to One-year Deal

December 17th, 2014 at 7:37 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles made their first "significant" signing of the offseason on Tuesday signing free agent left handed reliever Wesley Wright to a one-year deal.

MASN's Roch Kubatko was the first to report the signing on Tuesday and there are reports that the deal is for one-year, and $1.7 million. The deal will become official once Wright passes a physical according to Kubatko.

Wright, who will turn 30 in January, has pitched in the big leagues for parts of the last seven seasons for the Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, and Houston Astros. He has a career 4.17 ERA with a 1.402 WHIP over 360 appearances spanning 299 2/3 innings. He was originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Those numbers may not sound very appealing to Orioles fans, but you have to look a little deeper into the numbers. Firstly, Wright does accrue a decent amount of strikeouts. He has struck out 8.7 batters per nine innings over the course of his career. Also, Wright may have an above 4.00 career ERA, but he has posted an ERA of 3.69 or less in each of the past four seasons, which spans 226 appearances.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Outfielders Coming Off the Board Quickly, Where Do Baltimore Orioles Look?

December 16th, 2014 at 7:43 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles are coming off of their first AL East title since 1997 and had the second best record in the American League, but their outfield is going to look a lot different in 2015. The free agent market for outfielders continues to shrink by the day with the recent signings of Melky Cabrera, Mike Morse, and Alex Rios, so where do the O's look now to fill their outfield holes?

Essentially, there are three places Baltimore can search for some outfield help; the free agent market, the trade market, and in-house.

The free agent market is dwindling, but it is not completely dry of quality players as of yet. On Monday, we highlighted free agent Colby Rasmus, and joining him as somewhat quality free agents are Delmon Young, Nori Aoki, Jonny Gomes, and even Ichiro at the age of 41. While none of those players are franchise-altering, the list does have several names that would improve the team if signed.

In addition, the Orioles could decide to try and trade for an outfielder. We have already heard about their interest in Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd and Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton, but both teams seem to be asking for too much in return.

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