Another mans garbage can be the Orioles treasure.....
Carlos Lee - He mans a position that Orioles do not have a need for at the moment, but he comes in with the right handed power bat requirements. He is owed 2 years and 37 million, but eating the salary will not command top talent in return. I think one or two borderline prospects would be the price with eating that contract. His production slipped this season, but the power numbers were still present. I think a change of address could do him some good and he was productive in AL East stadiums. 34 is nothing to write off all things considering. Adding him could entice another free agent to hop on board. It also allows the team to try and package Nolan Reimold
for another piece.
Unless the Athletics want to have a logjam on the corners, one of these arbitation eligible guys would be available. I am not quite sure that either are leaps and bounds better than what was on the roster last year, but talent is their and these are the types that can find another home and produce. Maybe a package starting with Nolan Reimold could work?
SS/2B mold that most likely could be a non-tender canidate as well. He could be very cheap and a new place and zipcode could breath new life into him. He was at one point considered a cornerstone before injury and Troy came into the picture.
Different team and history, but similar story to Barmes.