The Orioles are still searching for their first baseman replacement and their competition appears to be just a few miles down 95. Baltimore and Washington seem to both be after free agents Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche, according to MLBTradeRumors.
While the O’s seem intent on landing Lee, LaRoche might better fit the team they’re currently assembling. Manager Buck Showalter was lauded for getting the most out of his young players in 2010, which is presumably the plan for reinvigorating Reynolds and Hardy, and LaRoche, 31, is closer to his prime than Lee and coming off a bit of a down year (.261/.320/.468) in Arizona.
Both guys were listed among MLBtr’s list of the Top 15 remaining free agents. Who would you rather see in Baltimore?