Is it truly now or never for the Baltimore Orioles? Are they really all in in 2014? With Gold Glove catcher Matt Wieters and 50-dong slugger Chris Davis due to hit free agency after the 2015 season, many seem to be of the thinking that the Orioles window to win is right freaking now.
The additions of Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz certainly seem to indicate that the front office believes in this philosophy. However, Buck Showalter told the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo that he’s confident both Wieters and Davis can remain in black and orange.
“I feel confident with Peter that when we come to him and say this is someone we want to hold on to, he’s going to find a way to do it,” said Showalter. “I don’t think our guys want to go anywhere. We all loved Jimmy [Johnson]. When I talked to him after the trade, I told him this is not goodbye, it’s we’ll see you later. Who knows what next year brings? Paths have a way of crossing again and again and again.”
Showalter also spoke highly of the new and improved Nick Markakis who came to Sarasota with an extra 20 pounds this spring — 20 pounds of muscle. “I hope he’s here for forever,” Buck said.
According to Baseball Reference, the Orioles current payroll is $95.3 million and projects to be over $100 million when all is said and done.