Even without Colvin, lots of Orioles outfielders around

Even without Colvin, lots of Orioles outfielders around
January 23, 2014, 8:45 am
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For now, Tyler Colvin is out of the Orioles’ outfield picture. Last week when the agreement was reported, the team never confirmed it.

Even without Colvin, the Orioles spring outfield is crowded with at least 11 outfielders with major league experience coming to camp.

Of the 11, only Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are assured of jobs. David Lough, acquired from Kansas City, should be considered the frontrunner in left field.

If Nolan Reimold is healthy, he’ll have a good chance of making the team. If not, Steve Pearce has another opportunity.

Henry Urrutia and minor league free agent signee Delmon Young are listed as outfielders, but could be the designated hitter combo.

Francisco Peguero is the other outfielder on the roster, but his big league experience is limited to 35 big league games in two seasons. He seemingly is contending with Pearce and Reimold because they’re all right-handed hitters.

Left-handed hitters Quintin Berry, Julio Borbon and Xavier Paul all have major league experience, but all have minor league contracts.

The Orioles 40-man roster remains at 39 because Troy Patton, suspended for the first 25 games of the season for a positive amphetamines test, does not count against it.

With Masahiro Tanaka out of the way, the market for starting pitchers should loosen and perhaps the Orioles will find a way to sign one. Spring training starts three weeks from today.

NOTE: Orioles spring training tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The first home game is on March 1 against Toronto at 1:05 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.orioles.com/spring or by phone at 877-222-2802.