ofahn wrote:I could see Roberts resigned as a bench player/PT DH, Wada resigned to a low guarantee w/ incentives, and McLouth made a qualified offer so we can get a draft pick.
1. Honestly, I don't want Brian Roberts anywhere near this team after this year. He's a great guy, I love him to death; he and Nick Markakis
were my favorite players as a little kid. But, it would be best to not rely on him AT ALL after this year. A 25-man roster spot would be putting a slight reliance on him. After his last three seasons, I most certainly do not want a injury prone, noneffective veteran on the roster.
2. I'd like to resign Wada to a lesser deal too. He's probably just getting the feel for things down in AAA now. The moment he needed tommy john was the moment his contract turned into a bust. But, if he'd come back and agree that he's not guaranteed a rotation spot, I'd be all for it. Wada did have an ERA below 3.00 and a K/9
above 8 in Japan. IMO, he could definitely provide value somehow in the big leagues, whether that's as a starter, swing man, or strictly a reliever.
3. Next year, the Orioles will have an opening at LF. If Nate McLouth accepts his qualifying offer, the Orioles could ease LJ Hoes
into action by platooning him with McLouth & letting Adam Jones/Nick Markakis DH a little against RHP. Hoes hits LHP to an astonishing .288/.447/.411 rate. If Nate McLouth declines his qualifying option, LJ Hoes can simply slide into a full time left field role.