Orioles Notes: Fielder, Arbitration-Eligibles, Jones

Orioles GM Dan Duquette spoke to fans and the media at Orioles FanFest today, so let's round up the latest news (all links go to Twitter)…


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62 Comments on "Orioles Notes: Fielder, Arbitration-Eligibles, Jones"


The Real D Guar
3 years 6 months ago

For God’s sake Orioles, sign Fielder and try to be relevant for a few minutes. I don’t even like the Orioles, but their organization pains me to watch…

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

just imagine what the fans have to go through.

OrangeCards
3 years 6 months ago

A 48 hour headline on ESPN is worth what, two or three wins?

Manny Being Manny
3 years 6 months ago

More like 6, but yeah.

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

Why do you hate us :-( 

Jack
3 years 6 months ago

I believe he is an angry red sox fan

Madman2TX
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe the O’s can trade for Carlos Lee?

Bleed_Orange
3 years 6 months ago

lol that sounds like something the O’s would do

3 years 6 months ago

if houstoun were to trade prospects in order for the os to take lee and his 19 million dollar contract for a year, I’d do it.  you have a potential 2-3 win player, and you could get a prospect out of it.  Considering houstons monetary problems right now I think that they would do it too

sexymarinersfan
3 years 6 months ago

Please sign Fielder so he stays out of the AL West. We don’t want his contract, and would not like to face his bat.

3 years 6 months ago

Would make a very interesting AL East in the 1B category. A-Gon, Tex and Fielder (Pena, too).

3 years 6 months ago

dont forget Lind….

on second thoughts

mmiller54
3 years 6 months ago

Please sign him so he’ll stay out of nl.

Deep&Gone
3 years 6 months ago

sexymarinersfan does not speak for all Mariners fans. 

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

“someone just like him?” seriously, where are you going to find this imaginary guy? not on FA, not through trade when your farm system is pretty pathetic, only international waters is the option left.

vonhayesdays
3 years 6 months ago

for real , i dont know of any other 5’11 300 pounders in the mlb 

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

I am sure someone in my extended family fits that description. Will Orioles be interested in signing him if he can swing a bat? I doubt by “someone just like him”, DD meant PF’s height and weight.

vonhayesdays
3 years 6 months ago

i know that , but they arent many who match his stats whether they be height and weight or on field production, i was amused by the choice of words used and made a bad pun

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

oh hehe, I missed that.

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

They can perhaps recruit someone from the Klumps?

vonhayesdays
3 years 6 months ago

i was thinking old school wrestler but sadly enough it seems like one dies every week

Exposfan
3 years 6 months ago

Sandoval might be the closest

3 years 6 months ago

Why would the O’s want ANOTHER soon to be dead beat in Carlos Lee?! Look at what happened with Derek Lee, Vlad, and bringing back Miguel Tejada.  They need pitching, THEN a bat. Fielder is a good player, but not what the O’s need.

ba9oriole
3 years 6 months ago

So getting more run support for our pitching doesn’t help? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

3 years 6 months ago

Are we going to get him? I don’t know. If we don’t, we’ll look for someone just like him,”. Come on Dan, what do you mean you don’t know? Has there even been a contract offer? Did Prince tell you, no? How do you not know? I mean that’s is just plain disingenuous! Just like him? Why do the Baltimore Orioles need someone just like him? We need good pitching, Dan! Not some waiver wire wonder or Albuquerque Isotope reject! Go out and get a #1 and #2. Insert Britton as our #3 and go from there. All you get is Blarney from this guy and he isn’t even Irish!

OrangeCards
3 years 6 months ago

Disingenuous? Like complaining about everything for the sake of complaining?

Until Fielder signs a contract, no one knows where he’ll sign or who will “get him.” It’s not that complicated.

3 years 6 months ago

You go to FanFest Lefty?  I was looking for you!

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

Ditto, it was like “Where’s Lefty” or “Where in the World is Carmen SandiLefty”

3 years 6 months ago

I wasn’t going to answer this because I am an international man of mystery. Seriously, though I didn’t go this year.
However, I did go last year and once was enough. =P

Eric Smith
3 years 6 months ago

At this point I see these glaring issues, Mariners dont want to sign him over 5 years, the Nats dont want to sign him over 5 years, Texas wants Hamilton, unless Boras is going to begin to call other teams trying to convince them to trade their current 1st basemen, where else but Baltimore is going to give him 7 years maybe more? We offered Tex 7 years so its not out of the question and even if Prince can’t field in 4 years, he can DH the other 3. From what I hear he’s slimmer now anyhow, im sure not overly slim, but they say hes in helluva shape and no not round.

3 years 6 months ago

why on Earth would Prince want to go to Baltimore remember he wants to win Baltimore is destiny is last place how could they even possibly compete…..My predictions Yankees
                Rays
                Bosox
                Jays
                O’s  again

OrangeCards
3 years 6 months ago

Going out on a limb, eh?

tdot32
3 years 6 months ago

not even spring training yet and already making predicitions.

OhthePossibilities
3 years 6 months ago

You are allowed to disperse those periods throughout your comment.

mstrchef13
3 years 6 months ago

There are 150 million (or more) reasons that Fielder might want to go to Baltimore.

Exposfan
3 years 6 months ago

I just want him to sign one year in Detroit and then, reset everything that has been going on for about 4 months and we’ll see next year. Please get this over with, as a baseball fan, I am fed up of hearing Prince rumours!

OrangeCards
3 years 6 months ago

Don’t go to a MLB rumors site?

Boom, problem solved. I accept paypal, check, money orders, and of course, cash, as payment.

Exposfan
3 years 6 months ago

One of 3 posts regards Prince rumours, which each one is linked to a different team and doesn’t add anything to the story.

OrangeCards
3 years 6 months ago

“Just say no to clicking on Prince rumors”

I can get you a tshirt, but it’s gonna cost ya.

Exposfan
3 years 6 months ago

or not

OrangeCards
3 years 6 months ago

Keep reading, keep complaining about said reading I suppose.

china_dave
3 years 6 months ago

for whom do those expos fans not disgusted by mlb root for these days? that’s not a joke; i’m legitimately curious. i’m going to assume not the marlins

Exposfan
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah you’re right, not a Marlins fan. Neither Toronto nor Washington nor Red Sox. I’m a Giants fan, mainly because of the man named Felipe and I keep an eye on the Pirates.

If only Lebron hadn’t turn on the brakes, he would had sent Loria flyin’ in the third row, that would had been awesome!

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

Please Prince, risk your career contract year on a one year deal with the Tigers!

The Mythical One
3 years 6 months ago

I think you all should read the full quote. Duquette starts by asking a question and this is the full quote:

“Do you think he would look good in Camden Yards? I don’t know about
that one, but I do know if you have a staple in the middle of your
lineup it’s a lot easier. Are we going to get him? I don’t know. But if
we don’t get him, we’ll look for somebody like him and we’ll certainly
do our best to give you guys some stars players that you can identify
with.”

Yes Dan, I think Fielder would look great in Camden Yards, and even if you supposedly don’t know about that one, I do know. You do know it is easier if you have a staple in the middle of your lineup? Okay, then why not get one, because you currently do not have one. Mark Reynolds should not be a #4 hitter simply because he strikes out too much and doesn’t put the ball in play enough. Are we going to get him? Well, we should. And if you don’t get him there isn’t somebody like him. If you want somebody like him, why not just get him?

Fielder makes this team better. Sure he doesn’t pitch, but the boost to the offense and the fact that he’s 27/28 means he can be part of this “young core” (that is also around 25-29) that is supposed to make this team compete in a few years. You add this piece this year, see where you get, and then add another big piece next off season to the pitching rotation…going to need to anyway since Guthrie is a FA at the end of 2012.

You start looking at a heart of the order that consists of:

Adam Jones/Nick Markakis
Prince Fielder
Mark Reynolds/Matt Wieters
J.J. Hardy

That is some pretty serious lumber right there. Not to mention that Reimold’s bat is pretty potent if he can stay on the field all year long.

3 years 6 months ago

Listen, at FanFest Duquette made it relatively clear.  Fielder would be great to sign sure.  But considering the cost, and the other issues on the team, is it a good fit?  I’m not so sure.  Maybe at a discount, sure.

I’m an O’s fan, and I’m pretty sure signing Fielder wouldn’t help the O’s (unless he can be had for $20MM or so)

The Mythical One
3 years 6 months ago

Signing Fielder would help ANY team. I do not understand how anyone can think that a guy who hits like Fielder does (combination of power, OBP, and sometimes a pretty high average) couldn’t help this team. He instantly adds 4-5 wins to this team by himself.

To put this into some sort of perspective, look at what influence Rafael Palmeiro’s bat had for the Orioles the first time he signed here. Fielder doesn’t hit for as high an average, but hits for more power and for a better OBP. Palmeiro also had a reputation for being a very good defensive player, that isn’t something Fielder brings, but I am willing to make that sacrifice as I believe he’s not going to kill us with his defense.

The Orioles are moving Mark Reynolds to 3B again and moving Davis back to 1B. Tough choice as to who I want at 1B…and injured Chris Davis, or Prince Fielder.

So Fielder alone might not help the Orioles get to .500 this season…but this is the beauty of the thing. You can sign him to around 7+ years and he IS a player you can build around along with the other good talents we already have here. The Offense would be set for years to come with him anchoring it down in the heart of the order.

Who says you can’t add other players? Guthrie and Gregg and some other guys will be coming off the payroll. Go spend that on a front line pitcher next off season. I don’t see how any Orioles fan could complain about that course of action if the Orioles still don’t win it all with that plan. At least we can say we tried and fielded a respectable team. For most of the past 14 seasons, we can’t say that at all.

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

I’ve heard rumors that their may be an article soon that shows how unclear it is if Fielder is coming to Baltimore. 

3 years 6 months ago

You’re obnoxious.  (Please note, this is not a personal attack.  It’s merely a joke)  Also, I wrote an exceedingly long response to the post above yours but it probably wont get posted because i called O’s fans a bad name for being impatient.  Oops.

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

Lol, yea its getting harder and harder to stay posted. 

Jack
3 years 6 months ago

He will sell tickets, and Merchandise and let future FAs know the Orioles are serious about winning. So it is a big risk, but hey getting discarded Cubs and washed up Vets has really been working so well.

JTrea81
3 years 6 months ago

The problem with trying to find somebody just like him is that they don’t exist, not this offseason.

Joey Votto is the only one that will be available in the next several years and the Dodgers and Mets will likely be ready to make a run at him among others.

After that you’ll be waiting for quite some time to either develop one or acquire one via trade when a player like Mike Stanton or Bryce Harper won’t extend…

The Orioles need to pull out all the stops to acquire Fielder this offseason as he’s available now.

3 years 6 months ago

I agree

vonhayesdays
3 years 6 months ago

what if its a girl,  and like lefty is real original or any better 

danistheguy
3 years 6 months ago

Oh man, thanks so much for clearing that up. Guys, did you hear? We can stop discussing this now. Tim, Mike, MLBTR guys.. you’re free to take down this post. It’s confirmed he’s not coming to Baltimore.

3 years 6 months ago

Pete, it doesn’t matter if Duquette or Showalter are interested.
It’s up to Peter Angelos! Peter Angelos has no idea who Prince Fielder is, much less the fact that he wants to pay him a nine figure contract.

Fifty_Five
3 years 6 months ago

You O’s fans are mental.

IndianaBob
3 years 6 months ago

The Orioles were 25th in batting WAR and 27th in pitching WAR.  They need both.  Fielder would be great if they can get for a decent price and not too many years.

OrangeCards
3 years 6 months ago

We have our reasons.

mstrchef13
3 years 6 months ago

Most of the time I like bantering back and forth with you about the state of the team. However, this time you just made an idiotic statement. Peter Angelos certainly knows who Prince Fielder is. To say otherwise is just grandstanding.

3 years 6 months ago

Grandstanding, LOL. Who exactly am I trying to impress?
We’ll see what happens. However, the Orioles haven’t been directly linked the Fielder and earlier it sounded like he wanted to play for the Rangers. The Rangers in turn, to me at least, politely said no. So, now I just really don’t know.

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

Even the winning years in that period had Jeffrey Maier.