In part two of our Tuesday Two Part, we will examine the arbitration eligible players that the Baltimore Orioles have this offseason and who will be tendered an offer or not.
There are several arbitration eligible players that the Birds will have to make decisions on, and below we have separated them into three categories for your reading enjoyment.
Of the 11 major arbitration eligible players, half of them are obviously going to be tendered contracts by the Orioles. The most obvious will be guys such as Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Bud Norris, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Jim Johnson.
Johnson, who many Orioles fans would tell you that he should not be brought back, is the most interesting of this bunch. He led the American League with 50 saves this season and became just the second player in MLB history to have back-to-back 50+ saves seasons, but of course there is one lingering issue. Johnson also had some rough stretches this season and he finished the season with nine blown saves and eight losses. He did finish the season with a 2.94 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP.
If you are hoping the Orioles will not tender Johnson a contract, you are out of luck as Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette has already stated that he will tender Johnson a contract and considers Johnson a core piece of the O's future.
Up in the air tenders
Now this is where is starts to get interesting. Baltimore has a couple of interesting choices to make with a few arbitration guys. Troy Patton makes our up in the air tenders list, but we would honestly be surprised if the Orioles do not bring the left hander back. He would be a fairly inexpensive left handed option out of the pen, who has performed pretty darn well over the last two seasons. The reason he is not a guarantee is because Baltimore could decide that they would rather have just two left handers in the pen next season with T.J. McFarland and Brian Matusz, but with McFarland able to be optioned next year, we believe Patton will be tendered an offer.
Chris Dickerson and Steve Pearce are the other two that we are not quite sure how the Orioles will go. Dickerson would mean some depth in the outfield, and with the uncertainty of whether or not Nate McLouth will be back, Dickerson would be inexpensive depth. Pearce, who just seemed to struggle 75% of the time at the plate this season, is well liked in the organization, but his production would be easily replaceable.
Should not be tendered
It is no secret that the Orioles love Nolan Reimold, but it is not hard to see that Reimold is not even close to being an everyday player and he cannot stay healthy. He will be recovering this offseason from yet another surgery and there is no reason to keep him around other than the fact that he is cheap, but he is out of minor league options, so do you really want to take up a roster spot with him?
Lastly, Dan Johnson is also arbitration eligible and he had a sip of coffee with the Birds this season. He does not add anything to the major league roster and would be taking up a spot on the 40-man roster. We would be surprised if the Orioles decided to keep him around, but he would provide minor league depth.
What do you think about the Orioles arbitration eligible players? Who should Baltimore tender a deal to and who should they not tender a deal to? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!
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