Orioles: Evaluating MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent Predictions

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Sep 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agents the Orioles Will Sign

Scott Kazmir – #18 — It really does make sense for the Orioles to be interested in this lefty who has re-established his career as a solid and dependable starter. If the O’s are going to spend some money on pitching, this could be it — predicted to be so at $52 million for four years. That is Ubaldo money, and honestly, it is probably better spent as well. Kazmir, who turns 32 in January, had a 3.10 ERA and WHIP of 1.208 in 183 innings. Compare that to Chen’s 3.34 and 1.218 in 191.1 innings.

John Jaso – #45 — It never once crossed my mind that the Orioles might have interest in Jaso. Used mostly as a DH in Tampa Bay this past year, he did hit .286 in 70 games. It would seem to me that he is merely another Steve Clevenger, but if the Orioles do desire to keep a third catcher and additional left-handed bat, I guess this makes some sense. But at two years and $12 million?

Justin Morneau – #48 — In opposition to Jaso, Morneau makes a lot of sense, particularly in the possible loss of Chris Davis. Timing may be everything. How quickly will Davis get signed somewhere, and if it is away from Baltimore, will Morneau still be available? MLBTR thinks so and has him going to the Orioles for $8 million for one year. He did win the National League batting title just a year ago before having concussion problems this past season. As we recall, lingering concussion difficulties for a player was a big issue just a few years ago in Baltimore!

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