legmason wrote:Mark Reynolds has an 11 million dollar option for 2013 and I think it's safe to assume that the O's will take the 500k buy out option. I don't think the O's will reinstate Davis at first and there really isn't a true first baseman in the high minors with the potential to be an everyday major leaguer.
I like Townsend but he's not close to ready for next year and he can't stay healthy. I like Mahoney but I don't think he's our future there.
As far as free agents are concerned...here's a list of the first basemen who's contracts end after this year. This list could grow as some options are declined.
Adam Laroche (has a 10 million dollar option with a million dollar buy out - likely could be available as well)
Aubrey Huff (also has a 10 million dollar option....I don't see that getting renewed though)
The other interesting name here is Mike Napoli who can play some first and is a free agent after this year as well. Will Texas be okay with letting him walk now that they have Soto on hand?
Justin Morneau could be available through a trade still and I think the Twins are interested in moving him. I see him going in the off season at some point.
None of these free agents are that interesting to me as this list is mostly peppered with over the hill power hitters who aren't middle of the order threats anymore especially in the AL East.
Matt P wrote:Is Nick Swisher a FA next year or does he have an option? The Yankees supposedly aren't looking to spend as much anymore with the new taxes so maybe they will let him walk. If they do, he's a guy who can work a count, get on base, and has power. I know it's against bad Orioles pitching but he has always hit well in Camden Yards. From what I remember he's always looked alright at 1B.
legmason wrote:Good call on the Swisher idea.
birdwatcher55 wrote:I think Swisher could hit 25 HRs at least at OPACY. If his glove is average at worst, he would be my first baseman
osforlife wrote:I really hope Chris Davis works on his defense this off-season. If he does, and say he becomes average, I think he'll be our 1st basemen for awhile. None of the free agents look all that great to me.
I agree here. I don't think any of these guys are a significant upgrade over Davis. MAybe on defense, but assuming most of these options would cost more, I'd rather take that money and put it into a pitcher or a 3B.
The weird thing is that I thought Davis was known for being a good defensive first baseman with an inconsistent bat when he was in texas. Either he regressed or I had bad information.
As far as pitching goes this might be the best free agent class of pitchers I've seen in a long long time. It's very deep and it has some aces in it. That's probably the most intriguing part for me going into the offseason. I'm skeptical that DD will shell out money for any of them though considering that hasn't been the o's philosophy over the past decade plus. We'll see I guess.
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