Thursday, March 29, 2007

Are the O's After Reggie Sanders?

Are the Orioles after Reggie Sanders as a back-up outfielder?

According to the Washington Post’s Jorge Arangure:

The Orioles have a standing offer from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Reggie Sanders, according to a team source, but they've yet to decide whether they'll accept the offer. There is concern the team won't have enough playing time for Sanders once Payton is healthy or whether it's prudent to give up a young pitcher, such as Kurt Birkins or Brian Burres, in exchange for a 39-year-old outfielder in the final year of his contract. Kansas City has offered to take on most of Sanders's $5 million salary for this season. Such a decision could hinge on how long Payton will be out.

From the Baltimore Sun’s Roch Kubatko:

But the Orioles continue to look outside the organization. They've held more discussions with the Kansas City Royals about Reggie Sanders, who will make $5 million this season. The Royals want left-hander Brian Burres in return and would absorb a significant portion of Sanders' salary, but an industry source said the Orioles don't believe they could provide enough at-bats for the veteran, so a deal is unlikely.

The same source also said the Orioles have held internal discussions about signing Eduardo Perez, who was released Tuesday by the Chicago White Sox.

"We don't have to make a final decision on our roster until Sunday at 3," Duquette said. "It's still not settled yet. We still have a guy or two in camp, and we could still make a trade."

Well, do I think the going after Sanders is a good move? Um, I’d rather see the team get someone younger rather than spend umpteen dollars on a older guy, especially one who is nearing 40 (case study: Jeff Conine), plus in his walk. In addition, Sanders battled injury in 2006 and would just take up another spot in which I’d rather see a younger guy.

He’s got power and hits for average, but honestly, is he needed on this team?

Kansas City needs youngsters, and the Orioles have a few players, this trade would be useless for the organization. We have young guys in the farm system that can contribute down the road for us once they mature and develop, and I think we should hoard what we have.

If by chance (might be a complete aberration) if the Orioles are in the hunt for a playoff or wild card spot, Sanders might be a difference-maker.

However, for now, get a younger body in here. I say pass.


Jason McAdams said...

I second that Anthony. Pass every time.

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

Oh yeah. We don't need him...

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