On December 16th, the Orioles agreed to sign Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim to a two-year, $7MM deal. However, the pact wasn’t officially announced until one week later on December 23rd. The culprit? – the Orioles’ notoriously thorough physical. Luckily for both sides, however, Kim was never in any real danger of not passing the exam.
Here’s a look at the American League, including some discussion on what the O’s might do next:
- In a recent mailbag, a reader asked Bill Chastain of MLB.com if Rene Rivera will still be in the Rays’ plans for the 2016 season. Rivera had a disappointing first season at the plate in Tampa Bay after coming over via trade, but the Rays are hopeful that he can turn that around while maintaining his solid defense. The Rays could keep Rivera, Curt Casali, and Hank Conger in ’16, or they might opt to trade one of the three to clear out the surplus. Keeping all three wouldn’t be a crazy notion as Casali and Conger can provide offense where Rivera cannot.
- Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com wonders where the Orioles’ next left-handed hitter will come from. Chris Davis, of course, would satisfy that need, but Baltimore has made it clear that it will not wait around for him. Other alternatives could include signing a left-handed DH like Pedro Alvarez or really opening up the checkbook to ink Alex Gordon. Meanwhile, the O’s are also expected to take a peek at the available second-tier starters.
- The Twins were on a mission to keep Mason Melotakis’ recovery under wraps in an effort to keep him away from interested teams in the Rule 5 draft, as Phil Miller writes for Baseball America (sub. req’d). Ultimately, however, the Twins put him on the 40-man roster rather than risk losing him.