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.
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Berkman is an intriguing option. A switch hitter with some power and a knack for RBIs. Average to above average glove. We'll have to see how his health is. He may worth an overpay but on a ONE year contract ONLY.
I would pass on the rest.
IMO we should focus on the glove there first and hope we can add a run producing bat with it. Maybe a platoon to maximize the splits. Chris Davis is best suited for DH.
Morneau is league average at best at this point. The Twins would have to eat all but about 5M of his salary and not ask for much in return. Even then I would platoon Morneau.
Napoli is going to be looking for about 50M/5yrs and selling himself as a catcher. Pass.