Another day passed at the general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. and the Orioles held the same shopping list. I won’t repeat it. You should have it memorized.
The Orioles haven’t given up on their free agents. They remain in play for first baseman Chris Davis despite the potential cost. Are they the favorites? Most folks in the industry say “no,” but it’s not unanimous.
Former Orioles executive and current MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Duquette predicts that Davis will re-sign. He estimated that Davis could receive $140 million over seven years.
Duquette includes the Cardinals, Tigers and Padres as other interested teams.
This much is certain: The Orioles will continue their attempts to hold onto Davis. It’s still their “intent,” a word used previously by managing partner Peter G. Angelos and executive vice president Dan Duquette.
Judging by the reports coming out of Boca Raton, reliever Darren O’Day is one of the more popular free agents and already has plenty of offers in hand. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that O’Day will be “talking with managers in the week ahead.”
The Orioles will be given the chance to match or counter any offer. I’m just wondering whether O’Day will still be on the market at the Winter Meetings, which begin Dec. 7 in Nashville.
There’s a lot to be said for taking an aggressive approach.
Here are some leftovers from Manny Machado’s conference call last night following news of his second Gold Glove Award:
On what he needs to improve on at third base:
“Just being in the moment. I think that’s the biggest key. Stay in the moment every pitch and every at-bat. I think that’s something that’s going to come with time. I think if I can get that down pat, I can finally make Bobby (Dickerson) happy.”
I’ve heard that one of the biggest knocks against Machado in the field is he tends to get “bored” and loses concentration. He seems to be making reference to it with the above comment.
On how he can impact a game with his glove:
“It’s a position that I’m grateful to be in. I’ve trained very hard this whole offseason and the last couple of years to be in that position, to try to be the best. It’s not every day you’re going to go out there and go 4-for-4 or hit a walk-off home run. I think the best all-around players are always going to make an impact on defense, like we’ve seen in this World Series. Defense wins games and the little small things in baseball are always what’s going to take you to the next level and be the best and be a successful team overall.”
During his interview on ESPN2, Machado talked about how he works out at shortstop in Miami as a way to improve at third base.
“I think the biggest key is trying to move your feet,” he said. “I know over at third base it’s more of a reactionary position. You really just have to stand there and catch the ball and use your glove for the most part. But my offseason routine is kind of just work at short, catch all my grounders at short and try to get my feet moving and get into that momentum of having time to work with your feet and get your feet under you to catch the ball in the right position. So I think doing that every year in the offseason kind of helps me going into spring training ready to go.”
What has manager Buck Showalter taught Machado?
“First thing is he’s a great guy, he’s a great person to play under,” Machado said. “He’s one of the best in the game right now. I’ve learned so much about the game of baseball just by watching him and what he does.
“One of the things that’s always stuck to me that he tells me is just play the game the right way and the baseball gods will always repay you, and I think I’ve always kept that in the back of my mind because when you’re struggling or when you’re not, you’ve got to go out there and give 110 percent every day to put yourself in the best position that you can to help your team win and to be the best player out there. And I think that’s been the greatest advice that he’s ever given me.”