Now that we’ve made it past the holidays, the Orioles could make a flurry of moves before opening day. Not a blizzard. The plow won’t be driving through your neighborhood. But the baseball forecast in Baltimore is calling for flurries.
The Delmon Young signing is just one of the moves. The Orioles will add at least one left-handed bat for the outfield, with Colby Rasmus the current favorite if manager Buck Showalter is satisfied with their meeting. A catcher and right-handed reliever also are on the shopping list, and executive vice president Dan Duquette may sign a starter for Triple-A Norfolk in another attempt to improve the depth in the system.
Rasmus could end up as the biggest name, which says a lot about the market, what teams are asking for in trades and how much the Orioles are willing to spend.
“We’re still looking around for depth in the organization,” Duquette said on Wednesday. “We’re still looking for depth at all positions - bullpen and catcher and left-handed hitting.”
Asked whether anything is imminent, Duquette replied, “No, not really. We’ve got dialogue going with a couple of teams and we’re trying to sign a few players as free agents.”
Duquette stated at the Winter Meetings that he was more likely to sign a free agent than make a trade. Young and left-hander Wesley Wright agreed to one-year deals. What’s the equation now?
“We’re looking at both options right now,” Duquette said.
Here’s the current list of major league free agent right-handed relievers, courtesy of MLBTradeRumors.com:
Mike Adams (36)
Matt Albers (32)
John Axford (32)
Burke Badenhop (32)
Ronald Belisario (32)
Blaine Boyer (33)
Jared Burton (34)
Buddy Carlyle (37)
Joba Chamberlain (29)
Paul Clemens (27)
Jesse Crain (34)
Kyle Farnsworth (39)
Jeanmar Gomez (27)
Matt Guerrier (36)
Juan Gutierrez (31)
Casey Janssen (33
Matt Lindstrom (35)
Nick Masset (33)
Dustin McGowan (32)
Evan Meek (32)
Logan Ondrusek (30)
Juan Carlos Oviedo (33)
Chris Perez (29)
Francisco Rodriguez (33)
Rafael Soriano (35)
Anthony Swarzak (29)
Jose Veras (34)
Brian Wilson (33)
Jamey Wright (40)
I’m not sure how another reliever would fit in the bullpen on April 6 unless Duquette makes a trade. Wright, Zach Britton, Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Brad Brach, T.J. McFarland, Ryan Webb, a starter who doesn’t make the rotation. You get the pitcher picture. Could be a minor league deal.
What about having five catchers on the 40-man roster? The Orioles can’t possibly carry that many into spring training.
“Things are always fluid,” Duquette said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
The Orioles have explored signing another catcher to a major league or minor league deal.
“It could be either one,” Duquette said. “We’ve had discussions with both.”
I’m heading to Ocean Pines today for a late Christmas celebration with my family. Hoping for a quiet weekend, which means news will probably break. Maybe I’ll get another chance to tweet and blog from the side of Rt. 50 on a laptop with the battery that holds a charge for two minutes.
I can get a lot done in two minutes. I’ll leave you with that thought.