Two Orioles agreed to multi-year contracts on Friday. They just weren’t with the Orioles.
Scott Feldman reached agreement on a three-year, $30 million contract with the Houston Astros on Friday morning, and about five hours later, Nate McLouth agreed to a two-year, $10.75 million contract with the Nationals. McLouth’s contract has a third-year option.
The Orioles wanted to retain both, but not at the prices they agreed to. Feldman was offered a two-year deal and McLouth a one-year contract.
McLouth provided a spark to the Orioles in the last two months of the 2012 season, and signed a one-year, $2 million extension at the last year’s winter meetings.
This year, McLouth batted .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs for the Orioles, though he slumped markedly later in the year when he played often against left-handers.
Now, the Orioles will have to replace both Feldman and McLouth. They still may re-sign their third big name free agent, second baseman Brian Roberts, but need another starting pitcher and a left fielder.