Orioles’ Offseason Coming Into Focus
To summarize most of what I’ve been reading…
First Base: Both Konerko and Pena are off the market, with the latter having said that he gave “serious thought” to signing here.
That leaves Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee as the top two remaining candidates. The Nationals are also in pursuit of a first baseman, having lost Adam Dunn earlier.
Bullpen: All indications are that the O’s will do quite a bit in this area between now and spring training. Early reports have them in heavily on Kevin Gregg, but nothing’s certain yet. Folks are also saying that Koji Uehara seems likely to return.
Shortstop: It appears — thankfully — that the proposed trade involving Jason Bartlett for Nolam Reimold is dead. Good on Andy for knowing when to fold ‘em as far as that goes.
Next up? Perhaps a trade for J.J. Hardy or Brendan Ryan, or perhaps bring back Izturis.
Starting Pitching: This is the area around which I’ve heard the least buzz so far. As of now I don’t expect a top-of-the-rotation starter to be landing in Baltimore anytime soon, if at all. I gather that they will add someone, but it might be a #3-4 type guy and not an anchor.
Did I miss anything?
It’s too early to give MacPhail a grade on his Winter Meeting performance, but I have a hunch we’ll feel at least OK and maybe better before all is said and done. Fingers crossed.