My favorite part of the baseball offseason? When Orioles fans whine every time a free agent is signed some where other than Baltimore.
For some reason I gets tweets and emails from frustrated fans as though I’m some sort of team spokesman. I get it, you want to see some moves made to improve the ball club, but what are you really frustrated by so far this offseason?
Did you think the Orioles were going to sign Brian McCann? No chance in hell. He was going to Boston or New York. He chose the field with the short porch and signed an $85 million deal over five years. Sure, it’s annoying to see the Yankees improve, but I actually found McCann’s deal to be encouraging. If anything, it should lower Scott Boras’ asking price for Matt Wieters.
What about Jhonny Peralta? Are you upset that the O’s, who were linked to Peralta this fall, didn’t sign him to become Nate McLouth‘s replacement in left field? The 31 year old was given a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cardinals after being 50 games as a result of Major League Baseball’s ongoing investigation in the Biogenesis case. Baseball experts seem to all agree it was a hefty price to pay for his services.
On Monday, the Orioles acquired relief pitcher Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres for minor league starter Devin Jones. Orioles fans grumbled, complaining that the team still hasn’t made an impactful move this offseason — even though it’s November freaking 26th.
Brach was designated for assignment last week after pitching to a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings for the friars in 2013. He’s a strikeout pitcher who the Orioles plan to use in the sixth or seventh inning. Perhaps you recall the O’s struggles in those innings. Last season Orioles pitchers posted a league-worst 5.56 ERA in the sixth and 4.72 ERA in the seventh. They traded a struggling minor leaguer, who Baseball America ranked their 18th prospect, for a serviceable bullpen arm.
So what do you want? What has frustrated you about this offseason?
The Orioles need a left fielder, second baseman, starting pitching help and a strong enough bench to ensure that their everyday players don’t get burned out in September like they did in 2013. Chris Davis and Wieters are potential extension candidates. All of these things can still be achieved before the start of the 2014 season. The pieces are still there, the Birds haven’t missed out on anything yet.
Stay patient. You can get frustrated when they’ve missed out on opportunities, but so far they haven’t.
— BalSportsReport (@BalSportsReport) November 25, 2013