Duquette On Orioles’ Offseason Needs

The Orioles are looking for a backup catcher, an outfielder, starting pitching and relievers, executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette told Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Duquette hopes to make trades and sign free agents in the near future to address the team’s needs. Here are the details:

  • The Orioles like Mark Reynolds’ defense better at first than at third. Duquette continued to downplay the likelihood of a major expenditure at first.
  • Expect Matt Antonelli and Chris Davis to contribute at third base in 2012, though Duquette endorses the players in considerably different ways. "He looks like a ballplayer. He's got a good look about him, and he's a former No. 1 pick,” Duquette said of Antonelli. “If you take a look at Bill James' projections, they're projecting Davis to slug at .500 next year,” he said of Davis. Duquette added that he expects Antonelli to be healthy and likes his ability to get on base.
  • Manager Buck Showalter prefers to rotate players in and out of the DH spot and Duquette will “be guided by [the manager's] preference." Don’t count on David Ortiz signing in Baltimore. “A 36-year-old DH would be a luxury for us," Duquette said.
  • The Orioles will attempt to trade for a backup catcher and they have offers out to some minor league free agents, according to Kubatko (Twitter link).
  • Earlier today, Jon Heyman reported that the Orioles have expressed interest in free agent Jason Varitek.


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35 Comments on "Duquette On Orioles’ Offseason Needs"


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vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

Interesting to hear a GM acknowledge using James’ projections.

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E Scalez
3 years 7 months ago

Bill James Looooooooves Chris Davis and always has. He once projected him to hit .300 with 40HRs lol

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Full quote: “If you take a look at Bill James’ projections, they’re projecting Davis to slug at .500 next year. Obviously, he’d have to mature and his approach would have to be consistent for him to do that, but he’s got that kind of capability.”

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notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

full quote:

I used to do projections for players just for fun.  After we started
the Handbook (about 1990) John said “Why don’t we publish those
projections.”

“John,” I said, “those projections don’t have any scientific validity
whatsoever.  I’m just messing around with formulas, playing around with
them.  I can’t publish that.”

“We won’t say they have any validity,” John said.  “We’ll just say we
do these projections, and you can take them for what they’re worth.”
So we started printing them, and people liked them, so we still do it.

– Bill James

-100 points for dan duquette

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KingofKauff
3 years 7 months ago

Dan Duquette seems out of touch.  Reaching for straws, he’s promoting Chris Davis based on a Bill James projection lol.  Did he watch any film on this guy? Antonelli is a good looking ball player? Great, this guy couldn’t his his weight for a few years in the minor leagues and we hand him a big league contract.

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OhthePossibilities
3 years 7 months ago

Did you do any actual research on Antonelli or did you just take a quick look at his numbers?

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KingofKauff
3 years 7 months ago

I researched and found numbers that at the big league level are tough to find but do exist, that warranted a big league contract. Cmon bro.   

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Stephen Schmidt
3 years 7 months ago

How did he forget to mention the clear need for an upgrade in the front office?

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chico65
3 years 7 months ago

I kept reading the list hoping for Dan to mention escorts, in the hopes there is a chance he might smile once in a while during his interviews instead of coming across as an arrogant arse all the time.   

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Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

What was the benefit of giving Antonelli a big league deal? They could of easily signed him to a minor league deal, heck he didn’t even get an invite to ST last year with Washington.

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sourbob
3 years 7 months ago

Apparently, there were multiple teams in on him and a major league deal was what set the O’s apart and brought Antonelli on board.

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OhthePossibilities
3 years 7 months ago

He had several offers and the major league deal is what made him choose the O’s over others.  So, no, they couldn’t have easily signed him to a minor league deal.

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Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Wow really? Even if  they offered a minor league deal and threw in a pair of bear claws, that still wouldn’t be good enough? I had no idea Matt Antonelli was this offseason’s hot commodity.

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MonsterPike
3 years 7 months ago

This 1st sentence of this article cracks me up… “The Orioles are looking for a backup catcher, an outfielder, starting pitching and relievers,….”

With the exception of maybe a couple, what team isn’t?  LoL!!