They should fill at least one of those spots with a legitimate free agent. It doesn have to be a bank breaker like Shin Soo Choo (though that how I would spend someone else money), but it had better be someone who is an obvious upgrade. Burnett would be sufficient for me in the rotation, and Kendrys Morales would be a welcome addition at designated hitter.
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The Orioles didn do that, and as soon as some of the free agent pitching dominoes began to fall, it became a certainty that Feldman was going to get three years and be paid handsomely. So, at that point, no, it didn surprise me that the Orioles didn put something on the table.
One last thing: Duquette is particularly excited about one of his recent finds: 25 year old outfielder Francisco Peguero, who had been one of the San Francisco Giants top prospects. He struggled some in limited major league action and dealt with a concussion last season, but he a career .300 hitter in the minors and has the potential to be an above average defensive outfielder. He can play center field, but has the arm to play in the corners. And he has shown speed and some pop in the minors.
As for McLouth, I got the sense early on that if the 32 year old left fielder was looking for a two year deal in the $10 million range, the Orioles were out. And that market was set quickly with outfielders such as Marlon Byrd, David DeJesus and David Murphy getting multiyear, eight figure contracts.
To be fair, Duquette said he is still looking for players to fill left field and designated hitter. And, despite the frenzied player movement throughout baseball this week, the winter meetings haven even started yet, and spring training is two months away.
I received plenty of feedback on Twitter and, you can imagine, most of it wasn positive regarding my story that the Orioles did not make official offers to either outfielder Nate McLouth or right hander Scott Feldman before both agreed to deals with other teams.
(McLouth has agreed with the Washington Nationals to a two year deal guaranteed to pay him at least $10.75 million. It also includes a $6.5 million option for 2016. Feldman signed a three year, $30 million deal with the Houston Astros.)
I did, however, think they would make a run at Feldman early, before their exclusive negotiating period ended. The handwriting on the warehouse wall said the Orioles didn want to give the 30 year old right hander a three year deal, but that he probably would be able to get that somewhere. The way to circumvent that was to give him an enticing, two year deal as soon as they could before the market set itself.
case with the Jim Johnson trade, the Orioles better have a plan in place that fills the holes created by those departures. The Orioles need another starter to help further stabilize the rotation. They need to find someone who can lock down games in the ninth inning. And they need a left fielder, preferably one who can get on base.
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"He a multitalented outfielder. I never had a .300 hitter that 25 years old, that hit that way all the way up," Duquette said of Peguero, who had his physical Friday. "I interested to see how he does. He be a candidate for our outfield. He a good defender in center and has played right and left. He had one of the best defensive arms in the Giants organization. I mentioned on Twitter Friday night that the current left field options for the Orioles included Peguero, Henry Urrutia, Steve Pearce and Nolan Reimold, the tweet was met with pure fury from some Orioles fans.
There is still plenty of time to improve. But, yes, there has to be some tangible examples of that improvement for it not to look like this team is taking a step or several steps backward.
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asked whether I thought it was surprising that the Orioles didn take at least a shot at McLouth and Feldman. The answer is: yes and no. First of all, the same thing happened with Mark Reynolds last year. The precedent was set;if the Orioles under executive vice president Dan Duquette decide to go in a different direction, they don make token offers. There something to be said for that.
Sure, Duquette can fill in some of the blanks with his bargain basement guys. He has proved in the past, with players like Miguel Air Max Ultra Moire Red And White Gonzalez and McLouth, that he can find some diamonds in the rough. But there has to be at least one guy who can be, without question, a significant contributor to a contender. And two of those would be great.
I don know whether the market drove McLouth value beyond what the Orioles could pay, but it certainly passed what they wanted to pay. McLouth busted his butt for parts of two seasons for the Orioles and deserved to be considered for a multiyear deal. But it also would have been an insult to make a halfhearted offer. It not that the Orioles didn want Feldman or McLouth; it that they didn want to pay the asking price for them.
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