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Examining the Baltimore Orioles Minor League Free Agents

October 9th, 2013 at 11:57 AM
By Josh Michael

Earlier this offseason, we reported on the Baltimore Orioles big league free agents and today we wanted to inform Orioles fans on the list of minor league free agents that the Orioles have this offseason.

Unless you are a die hard fan that lives for the minor leagues, odds are you will not have heard of most of these names, but there are some intriguing names on the list.

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First let's take a look at the full list:

 - IF Travis Adair
- RHP Tim Alderson
- OF George Barber
- RHP Tim Bascom
- RHP Matt Bischoff
- RHP Zach Clark
- RHP Manny Delcarmen
- C Luis Exposito
- LHP Mark Hendrickson
- IF Josh Horton
- OF Kyle Hudson
- LHP Chris Jones
- IF Alex Liddi
- IF Seth Loman
- C Luis Martinez
- RHP Daniel McCutchen
- IF Yamaico Navarro
- RHP Jose Nivar
- OF Trayvon Robinson
- IF Niuman Romero
- RHP Adam Russell
- LHP Dan Schlereth
- IF Brandon Waring
- C Chase Weems
- IF Zelous Wheeler
- RHP Zech Zinicola
- C Allan de San Miguel

Don't be shell shocked, that is a lot of names, but keep in mind the Orioles have five predominant minor league affiliates, not counting the Gulf Coast League.

Of the minor league free agents, you have likely heard of Mark Hendrickson, who was adapting to a side arm delivery this season and performed pretty well, as well as Yamaico Navarro, Trayvon Robinson, Luis Exposito and Zack Clark. All of whom we saw plenty of during spring training and a few of them actually saw some time in Baltimore this season.

The list of the 27 players above was 29 when the season ended, but the Orioles re-signed right-handed pitcher Marcel Prado and infielder-outfielder Garabez Rosa for 2014 earlier this month.

Players on this list will be minor league free agents five days after the end of the World Series. The Orioles are currently the only team that can negotiate with this group right now to try and sign them to 2014 contracts before the rest of the league has a chance.

Don't expect all 27 to be signed, and if we had to take a guess, we could see 8-13 of them being resigned by Baltimore. Guys who have had anytime in the major leagues will likely try to test the free agent market to see if they can find a team that would give them an opportunity to make an Opening Day MLB roster, thus those players are tougher to re-sign; however, the amount of moves the Orioles have shown they are willing to make during the course of a season in regards to bringing guys up from the minors helps them attract minor league free agents more than most teams. There is a reason guys like Jair Jurrjens, Freddy Garcia and Conor Jackson come to Baltimore.


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