The Baltimore Orioles had a successful 2012 campaign. The goal for the 2013 season will be to build on that foundation and a lot of fans are wondering just how aggressive they’ll be in the offseason. The fans in Baltimore have been frustrated before and the front office needs to prove they plan on building on the success.
The Orioles offense went cold in the postseason and considering the rotation and bullpen seem to be team strengths, the focus should be on improving the batting lineup. One man who is atop the wish list – and is atop the wish list of many teams – is Josh Hamilton. The Texas Rangers slugger is set to hit the open market and the Orioles could be one ideal fit for him.
Although Baltimore has suitors at first base, designated hitter and left field, they could also stand to upgrade them. Hamilton would do exactly that. The lineup produced five hitters who had at least 22 home runs but it was clear – mostly in the postseason – that there wasn’t any one hitter that struck fear into the opponent. Hamilton could alleviate that concern after a 43-home run 128 RBI season.
There are some off-field concerns with Hamilton but the Orioles are a good team to weather that storm. They have good leadership from top down with Dan Duquette in the front office and Buck Showalter in the club house. They can make sure he stays in line.
MLB odds makers know that the Orioles are in position to content but they’re still one or two bricks short of a load. Hamilton could be one of the final pieces but at the same time, most people aren’t expecting the Orioles to win a spending war for one of the top free agents – especially if he costs about $25 million per year.
Even so, he’d look great in an Orioles uniform and he’s just what they need.