Saturday, November 21, 2009

Let the Free Agent Games Begin...

The free agent period starts today and the Orioles based on their results last season need all the help they can get. After 11 losing seasons and finishing in the second division (again), I'd be curious to see what the team does on the open market.

It's safe to assume the Orioles won't get John Lackey (he's going to get paid and go to a contender), nor Jason Bay or Matt Holliday, but they'll have their pick of the second and third tier free agents.

It's widely assumed that Baltimore will try upgrade one of the corners -- first or third, or perhaps both -- plus a veteran arm to compliment Guthrie, Matusz, Tillman or whoever is inserted in the starting rotation in 2010. Of course, let's not forget the bullpen that teetered on awful at times (especially at the end of the season).

Let the games begin. Here are a list of free agents provided from the Baltimore Sun also has their list of prospective players that the team is targeting.

Obviously, I don't have a crystal ball, but a few of the names that the Sun mentioned are Pedro Feliz, Adrian Beltre (he'd be a good glove, but his heyday with the Dodgers are long gone), Carlos Delgado (intriguing, but his age scares me), and guys like Rich Harden and Erik Bedard.

I guess other players I could see the Orioles targeting are Russell Branyan, Chad Tracy, Joe Crede, Ben Sheets (a guy with red flags all over him, but with great upside), or Adam LaRoche (a K king with no discipline at the plate).

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