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Baltimore Orioles: The Time is Now

Spring Training 2014 starts next week for the Baltimore Orioles, and that brings hope to each Orioles fan mired in a cold and snowy winter.

Yet, many Orioles fans also are rather upset at the lack of action this offseason.  And there is good reason for that.  Your starting LF, Nate McLouth, 2B, Brian Roberts,  and closer, Jim Johnson, are all gone, as well as two of last year’s starting pitchers (Jason Hammel and Scott Feldman.)

The replacements include David Lough, Francisco Peguero, Jemile Weeks, Ryan Webb, and well, Liam Hendriks.  Not exactly the signings Oriole fans were looking for.

That list did not include the large number of other OF candidates that the Orioles will have in Florida either in minor or major league camp.  I’m talking Xavier Paul, Julio Borbon, Jack Cust, Delmon Young, Matt LaPorta, Scott Savastano, Quintin Berry.  No breakout stars there, that is what O’s fans hope Nolan Reimold and Henry Urrutia can be.

So who does this give big opportunities to?  Guys who want to prove themselves.

Weeks, Ryan Flaherty, Alexi Casilla, Lough, Nolan Reimold, Zach Britton, T.J. McFarland, Brian Matusz.  These are all names of people who could use a chance to succeed.  And for several, namely Reimold, Britton and Matusz, it could be their last chances to be a successful player in the majors.

Now the fans are cranky, upset and desperately want the team to make a big splash.  And I feel that come April, either A.J. Burnett, Ubaldo Jimenez, or Ervin Santana (in that order) need to be a black and orange.  But several players are going to get the opportunity to prove their worth, worth the Orioles will need to ride if they want to be a playoff team.

Spring Training starts in just a few days Dan Duquette, it is time to make your move.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles Brian Matusz Dan Duquette David Lough

  • Douglas Trower

    The O’s will NEVER get quality players[even when they live in the Balt. area]as long as they are under the Angelos/Duquette regime. As I post this note I’m listening to the voice of the O’s ownership as they try to rationalize the cheapness of what used to be my favorite team on “Wall to Wall”. They are already alerting fans that the O’s are NOT going to be able to resign both Wieters and Davis. Boy,O’s fans really have something to look forward to because apparantly Mgmnt won’t pay even when their current players perform well. Somehow Angelos didn’t mind greatly overpaying for Markaikis who at best is a mediocre player and should be gone!!!

    • Randy Buchman

      Everybody is frustrated – even the insider beat writers have clearly run out of things to say about it, and are openly critical at a level I’ve not seen before. I think the O’s can still play with anyone and even win; but even if it happens, then they’ll still have to pay a lot to keep people and sustain it. I think Markakis will bounce back this year, but it will likely be his last. Just hoping they can at least keep Davis … not as concerned about Wieters to be honest. Thanks for reading and writing.