We thought for the first Tuesday after the 2013 season for the Baltimore Orioles, we would have a nice Tuesday Two Part series on contract decisions the Orioles will have to make. In part one this morning, we will take a look at the Orioles free agents.
The free agent list is smaller than the arbitration eligible list that you will see later this afternoon in part two, but it is still seven deep and comes with plenty of intrigue.
The much maligned four years, $40 million deal is finally off the books, but the question around Baltimore is whether or not they should attempt to resign Roberts. He stayed healthy the final third of the season once he came back from the disabled list and was pretty productive, especially when you compare it to the production the Orioles were getting from second base before Roberts returned. The free agent market for second base isn't great, with the exception of Robinson Cano, so a Roberts resigning seems more probable than not, but it would be on the likes of a one or two year deal. Jonathan Schoop would be the biggest competition for Roberts at second, so that will be a decision the Orioles will have to make.
The speedster resigned with the Orioles on a one year deal last season, and performed very respectably this season. McLouth hit .258 with 12 home runs, 36 RBI, 31 doubles, 30 stolen bases and had a .329 OBP. Not to be overlooked, McLouth's defense was absolutely phenomenal this season as he boasted a .996 fielding percentage and committed just one error the entire season. Baltimore would certainly like him back as it is apparent Henry Urrutia is not ready to take over left field defensively and the Orioles traded L.J Hoes and Xavier Avery this season, two of their top outfield prospects. It will all come down to what kind of money McLouth is looking for, but if the market really is the two year, $10 million range, then there is no way the Orioles would resign him for that.
Acquired by the Orioles in July, Feldman was a good acquisition for the Birds as he posted a 5-6 record with a 4.27 ERA with Baltimore, but really came on late, with the exception of his last start. Feldman and the Orioles have a mutual interest and the Orioles will certainly be in talks with him. As long as a team does not severely over-pay Feldman, Baltimore should be considered the front runner in signing Feldman.
The latest Orioles Opening Day blunder, as he was one of the biggest disappointments this season for Baltimore. Hammel got the nod on Opening Day after a good 2012, but followed in the steps of Jake Arrieta from the year before as he struggled all season after making an impressive start on Opening Day. If the question were posed to name the one free agent that the Orioles would not bring back, Hammel would have to be our answer.
If you were allowed to give two answers to the previously posed question, Rodriguez would be the second guy that would not be brought back by the O's. It became apparent that Manager Buck Showalter did not trust K-Rod as he never seemed to bring him in when it was a key part of the game. Rodriguez posted a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.364 WHIP with Baltimore. Expect Rodriguez to go back to the National League.
Morse was acquired in August and was a dud of duds for the Birds. Morse hit .103 in 29 at bats with the Orioles and was dealing with an injury through most of September. His price tag should have considerably dropped, but whether or not the Orioles have any interest to bring him back remains unseen.
These are the Orioles main free agents, meaning there are certainly minor league players that are free agents, but we have focused on the big league players for the moment. Who do you think the Orioles should attempt the resign? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment.
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