Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Offseason Moves or Mistakes?
Executive VP Dan Duquette is telling other teams that the Orioles want to trade for 1B, LF, and DH. HUH?
Baltimore's best hitter, Chris Davis, is the obvious DH and can play LF and 1B. Hot hitting LF Nolan Reimold will be back, plus they're in talks to resign clutch hitting LF Nate McLouth.
They're not going to find a better hitting or fielding 1B than the guy they already have, Mark Reynolds, whose option they could have picked up, and who they can still offer arbitration to in order to keep for less money.
Duquette made no mention of 2B, even though there's no one in the organization worthy of starting there. Brian Roberts' career has long past away, and Robert Andino, Omar Quitanilla, and Ryan Flaherty will never be more than utility infielders.
Duquette also made no mention of bringing in a veteran starting pitcher to anchor all the uncertain young arms.
The only sensible thing he said was that he's trying to trade for KC's Billy Butler. He'd be a great edition, and the Royals want young pitching, which the Orioles have an abundance of.
Dan Duquette did a great job of piecing together a lineup and rotation in 2012, and hit gold with some longshots, but in order for the Baltimore Orioles to be relevant again in 2013, he needs to make moves that make sense for the ballclub.
© 2012 Denim McDemus