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This will be the most intriguing offseason in years. Free agent pool and the Orioles Cots page is linked below. I expect the Orioles to be active but I don't think we'll be signing any of the big ticket items this offseason.
Immediately after the World Series
Eligible players become free agents
Sixth day after completion of World Series
First day that Major League and Minor League free agents may sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs
12th day after completion of World Series
Midnight ET, last date for a player to accept arbitration from former club
November 30, 2012
Midnight ET, last date to tender contracts
December 3-6, 2012
Baseball Winter Meetings, Nashville, Tenn.
December 6, 2012
Rule 5 Draft, Nashville, Tenn.
Key Oriole Free Agents
*The club holds an 11M option on Reynolds in 2013
**The club holds a 1M option on Ayala in 2013
Orioles 40 Man Roster
Oliver Drake [60 day DL]
Stu Pomeranz [60 day DL]
Tsuyoshi Wada [60 day DL]
Randy Wolf [60 day DL]
Nick Johnson [60 day DL]
Brian Roberts [60 day DL]
Nolan Reimold [60 day DL]
MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
This post has been edited 9 times, most recently by jsh 14 months ago
Thanks jsh...I've been looking forward to this.
Buck and the Duke reflect on this past year and talk briefly about this offseason.
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I've added the O's Cots page to the first post. That page contains all of the O's current contract information.
I'd really like us to bring Nate back. He'd probably be a 4th outfielder or split time with Reimold though I would assume.
Interesting decision to make on Reynolds
I think Reynolds will be back for less than 11m
What kind of contract is Saunders going to get? Something like 2 years / $14mm? I think I'd pay him that. He'll eat a bunch of innings during the season, and he seems like a great clubhouse guy.
I don't know what I'd do with Reynolds. That's a lot of money for a guy with huge flaws.
We can decline Reynolds' option and work out a deal with him, right? If he's willing to take less, keep him. If not, I guess we'll part ways.
I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?
#1 6-7 year deal for Wieters
#2 Second baseman. Now this is tough because there aren't any available. 100% on the Hiroyuki Nakajima bandwagon.
#3 Starting pitcher. Get whatever you can get for 3/30. Maybe a tiny bit more depending on the player.
I could see Reynolds end up with a contract similar to what Hardy got
Saunders is also a lock to be back in my eyes
Other than those two....Mclouth and Ayala I'd imagine...no one else seems to particularly stand out
This post was edited by SalisburyTerpO 18 months ago
Angel Pagan will be the best signing of the offseason. Would love to get in on that too, but I don't see it happening.
Excited for the offseason. Duq and Buck will steer us the right way, and I cannot believe I am saying this but....I think Angelos will allow them to do whatever they want to do dollar wise. Not necessarily NYY blankcheck style, but if the "right guy" is there we may break the bank a little for him (after or in addition to extending Wieters). Personally would like to retain Nate Dogg and Reynolds, upgrade 2nd and target a legit TOR pitcher. In Duq/Buck we trust!
We must have a 2B this offseason.
Beyond striking out a lot what are his huge flaws? I'm sure his name is going to come up a million times in this thread and I want to remind everyone that he has the highest OBP on the team.....even with the unaceptable amount of K's.
Personally, if we can assume (big if) he can get back to his career average of 34/95 than I think you sign him and be done with it. Taking into account the way he played defensively is there a better deal out there? I think you try to get a better deal than the 11mil. But ultimately I say sign him.
I've been in the tank for Reynolds since day 1, but am starting to waver.
Pros - nobody available is better, love his D and his attitude, there is a reasonable chance that this was an off year and he will be better next season and, perhaps most importantly, what does $11M really get you any more? I think with this new TV money that $11M is going to be a fairly average type player (amazingly).
Teach Juan Pierre to play 2nd?? (Just kidding jsh)
I think it's kind of unrespectful- Ovie
I can't imagine anyone will offer Reynolds $11m and his agent knows that
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Well he had a negative WAR this year...
Though I guess he could be a potential bargain if you can negotiate down from the $11mm, since this was his worst year in like five. The HR total this year is a bit worrisome.
He's the right age, was great defensively, and seems like he's liked by all though. I'm fine wither way - it's not like it's impossible to find a 1B that will give you what Reynolds gave this season.
Resign Nate, Reup Ayala. Renegotiate Reynolds. Have Reynolds, Davis and Reimold roate thru the 1B and DH spots depending on pitching matchups. Pitching, who knows? Can Gonzo and Tillman sustain their success? Have to figure Saunders wants to stay here but would not overspend on him. I figure we have to bide time for one more season until Bundy and Gausman come and lead us to the promised land.
-Trade Chris Davis and Jim Johnson
-Resign Reynolds and Nate
-Lol @ 6-7 years for Wieters
I'm fine with McLouth, Reynolds and Saunders all coming back.
But not if Reynolds costs more than 8 million, Saunders more than 5-6 million. McLouth I'm interested to see what he gets on the market, that's the one I most want to keep.
Players I'm driving the bandwagon for: Kevin Gregg
set up a two year plan, get things in line for the machado/bundy/gausman era to dominate for a decade +. this year was not only fun, it changes the reality that this team CAN compete and prosper in the AL east. duquette isnt using confederate money anymore, this is a VERY attractive place to play when there is hope. dont have to accomplish everything right now.
Davis is under a very team friendly deal. I wouldn't trade him.
Hardy had a bad offensive year but considering our infield already has one hole at 2b I wouldn't trade him either. All that would do is make the hole at 3b instead of 2b most likely.
Anybody who is cheap and productive is someone we need to keep, not trade. Strop would be one of the few guys in that category I would consider trading.
The two things that should be done immediately is locking up Buck long-term/retaining the coaching staff and giving Wieters a 6-year extension. Then we can go from there.
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