The Baltimore Orioles outfield is set. Nate McLouth was re-signed to a one-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday and Nick Markakis is set return from his broken hand in Spring Training — hopefully in the leadoff spot.
The Birds met with Nick Swisher’s agent out at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. After signing McLouth, Dan Duquette ruled out Swisher, despite the fact that he could play first base.
According to MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko, it sounds like Duquette wasn’t a big fan of Swisher.
“Somebody said that Nick Swisher is the kind of player you hate when he’s on the other team, and when they said it, I didn’t say anything.” Duquette said. “I can understand that reaction because we just played the Yankees in a very tough series, several tough series during the year, so I can understand why people feel that way.
“I think we have enough outfielders on our ballclub. We can take a look at the guys we have on the spring.”
You won’t find Swisher at first base, either.
“I don’t think we need to worry about that for Baltimore fans,” he said.