Good morning Birdland!
The show is the Orioles theme this week. Rumor has it that the front office is still trying to add more starting rotation, exploring options in both the free agent market and via trade.
Ken Rosenthal quickly mentioned the O in his article for The Athletic on Tuesday. According to his sources, the team is in the commercial market, and they spoke with free agent Zack Greinke earlier this offseason. There are no specifics about the deals discussed, but Rosenthal says it’s unlikely Greenck will end up in Baltimore.
At that same point, Rosenthal stated that the Orioles had considered signing Jorickson Brovar as well, but then again that probably wouldn’t happen. The timeline for when they looked at Profar is unclear, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Provier, a former senior prospect, is entering his season at the age of 30, and although he has experience at every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher, I’m not sure he can be considered a useful player at this point. He was used exclusively on the field last season and hasn’t played on the left side of the field since 2018. His glove work was once well regarded, but that skill seems to have worn off more and more each year. For all intents and purposes, he’s a corner defenseman with some very limited positional flexibility in a pinch.
Fortunately, Profar knows what he’s doing on the plate. He doesn’t hit much, doesn’t chase pitches much, and hits a base at a good rate. Will it be an overall improvement over Austin Hayes or Kyle Storrs, though? Maybe? It certainly isn’t obvious, and therefore it doesn’t make sense to sign him to a major league deal.
But the fact that Mike Elias is looking into it could be helpful. Or at least it allows us to speculate a little.
If they think it’s a non-short utility type, it could mean Ramón Urías is being floated in the trades. If he’s just off the field, the same could be true of Hays, Stowers, or even Anthony Santander. But this also brings us back to Comments made by Elias in November. The Orioles say they’re not trying to deal with players currently in the big league mix, so are the odds set up for a big deal?
Reality is probably something much more boring than that. Brovar is an interesting player, so why not contact his agent, see what he might order, and then brainstorm around the warehouse? The worst that could happen is for the agent to tell Rosenthal that the conversation happened in order to boost his client’s perceived value.
The best we can do until we get real news is to extrapolate a couple of sentences from Rosenthal’s column.
Will the unit that was a real powerhouse in 2022 again be for the Birds? | Steve Milewski
It’s really up to Felix Bautista. If he can repeat what he did last year, then everything should fall into place behind him. There are some clear favorites to go downhill, but the Orioles have added to the bullpen a bit with Mychal Givens and a Rule 5 pick as well as the possibility of Tyler Wells returning to relief.
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Everything seems to be going well at the Angelos’ house! There seems to be a sure claim that would complicate any potential sale of the team, so we may be waiting a while on that front.
The Story of D.L. Hall | Orioles.com
Later this week, the Orioles will release what appears to be a short film about D.L. Hall’s background. I’m fond of these kinds of things, so I’m sure they’d be pretty cool. The trailer is now available.
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- Richie Lewis has just turned 56 years old. He began his professional career with a two-game pitching for the 1992 Orioles and wrapped things up with a two-game home run for the 1998 Orioles. In between, the pitcher bounced around several big leagues.
- Francisco Melendez celebrates his fifty-ninth birthday. His tenure with the Orioles lasted just nine games in 1989.
- Wally Bunker is 78 years old. righty was a productive member of the Orioles from 1963 through ’68, throwing over 700 innings and boasting a 3.40 ERA at the time,
This day in history
2005 – Orioles fall short Their pursuit of first baseman Carlos Delgado was reported. Instead, the free agent signs a four-year, $52 million deal with the Marlins.