By the way, although Fielder would have definitely helped the Orioles at the plate; however, it would have been a very poor use of resources by the organization. I don’t think he would have aged all that well, considering his body type.
Plus, do you think that the Orioles would want to pay a guy north of $23 million per year? Does it make sense to devote that much of a payroll to one guy? The Detroit Tigers felt the need to, despite being favorites in American League Central already.
The Orioles will not be contending for a championship anytime soon, so it would have little sense to sign him now.
It would have been a fun show to watch, however.
The team needs a lot more than a power-slugging first baseman; quite frankly, the Orioles have more holes to cover, need to work on a deeper bench, and really need to do a better job developing minor league talent.
The local media and professionals who cover the team day by day were definitely right about Fielder, despite what the national writers and some online personalities thought.
Despite the acquisition of Wilson Betemit, I think the Orioles are still lacking in power and also an ability to get on-base.