Orioles Notes: Fielder, Second Base, Pitching

The week between Christmas and New Year's tends to be fairly quiet, but Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette cautions that there's no such thing as a quiet time in baseball today, writes Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.  Here's more on what we can expect from the O's in the coming weeks..

  • Duquette wouldn't divulge much when asked about Prince Fielder, only saying, "We're monitoring the market.  That's a good way to put it."  Because the Orioles are interested in Fielder, but not at his asking price, Kubatko writes that they should not be classified as a favorite to land a slugger.
  • Kubatko asked Duquette if the club will pursue a second baseman.  It doesn't sound as though it's at the top of his list as he cited Matt Antonelli, Robert Andino, and Rule 5 pickup Ryan Flaherty as candidates for the position.  
  • Duquette says that he will continue to look to bolster the team's pitching staff.  Yesterday we heard that the O's are among a handful of teams that are prioritizing pitching.

18 Responses to Orioles Notes: Fielder, Second Base, Pitching Leave a Reply

  1. Mo_GOAT 4 years ago

    All i want for Christmas is for the Yankees to have good pitching.

  2. brian310 4 years ago

    Shouldn’t this say third baseman?

  3. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Is roberts done?

  4. Stephen J. Puopolo 4 years ago

    Roberts isn’t cleared completely from his concussions so right now it’s being thought of as doubtful that he will be with the team on Opening Day.

    Far as the third base is concerned, Orioles still have Chris Davis as a possibility for 3rd base. Considering the number of players they have on the 40 man roster, I don’t see that changing at this point.

  5. Billy Buckner 4 years ago

    I can’t lie, even though this meant to say third basemen, Brian Roberts’ stupidity is frustrating.

  6. hallwagner 4 years ago

    is brian roberts dead?

  7. elock 4 years ago

    This did not mean to say third baseman.  It meant to say, and does say second baseman.  

  8. DragonLord 4 years ago

    Brian Roberts is likely done and not only eating 10 million a year the next two years but just his existance keeps the O’s from pursuing a long-term second basemen. Too bad 20 million is 20 million cause it’d be pretty nice to see Roberts walk away from baseball…

    • it sucks i have to like your comment because Roberts was my favorite Oriole for years but I agree 100 percent. he is just a big blockade to the Oriole’s future right now. 

      • fivebeesforaquarter 4 years ago

        Yup. This. If there is anyone I could see pulling a Gil Meche, though, it’s Brian.

        • There is a part of me rooting for that, but I hope the Orioles keep him in the flock in some fashion. He could be a valuable coach, spokesperson or something. He deserved at least one winning season and that did not happen.

          • fivebeesforaquarter 4 years ago

            Oh, no doubt, I would love to keep Brian in the organization in some fashion. Just want to get that contract off the books!

            He definitely deserves to have played on a winner in Bmore. I hope Markakis doesn’t fall to the same fate.

        • There is a part of me rooting for that, but I hope the Orioles keep him in the flock in some fashion. He could be a valuable coach, spokesperson or something. He deserved at least one winning season and that did not happen.

  9. Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    It’s interesting watching the Prince Fielder free agency process.  It’s reminds me of when the fat girl wants a date..and all the guys who like to hang out with her start shrugging…like….”well, we’ll wait and see.”

  10. Shawn Baublitz 4 years ago

    Prince wants to be paid like Pujols. Thats the joke. He is not a high priced 1B. He is  high priced DH. Sure he will play 1B for maybe a year or two. But its more likely he will have more in common with David Ortiz then Albert Pujols in the next 3 years. 

    Pass pass pass pass…if the O’s won’t open the pocketbook for a gold glove caliber switching hitting 1B in Teixeira then why waste it on a 2 tool player?

    Now if the Yankees would like to trade Teixeira and Burnett to Baltimore I am all for that.

    • Billy Buckner 4 years ago

      The Orioles did open the checkbook for Teixeira, he said no. Granted, it wasn’t NYY money, but really, only a couple teams can ever offer the same money as the Yankees. I believe they offered $140-150MM, I might be high on that though.

      And I’ll light myself on fire before I welcome either Teixeira or, even moreso, Burnett to Baltimore. Hell no.

  11. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    If the Orioles don’t want Brian Roberts at 2b, I think the Tigers would be more than happy to take a chance on him. The Orioles won’t get any prospects, but the salary relief could be enough to sign Fielder long-term.

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