If McLouth leaves O's, where to?

If McLouth leaves O's, where to?
November 5, 2013, 11:30 pm
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(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

In going over free agents who might depart the Orioles, our O’s maven Rich Dubroff mentions how left fielder Nate McLouth might become too pricey to bring back. The rumored two years at $10 million that McLouth could draw, Dubroff says, would mean McLouth will be playing left field for someone else next season.

If that’s the case, early chatter is pointing McLouth toward Detroit.

The Detroit News has written: “There are a lot of outfielders who will cost a whole lot more than this guy, a Michigan native who could be just what the Tigers need.”

Part of what the Tigers need is speed, and McLouth could bring them that. But also expect to hear McLouth’s name come up elsewhere. MLB.com mentioned him as among the “lesser outfield names” that the Mets might go after.

The idea of McLouth being something of a bargain could make him attractive to several teams in the market for an outfielder.

CBSSports.com wrote: “With [the Red Sox’s Jacoby] Ellsbury and [the Reds’ Shin-Soo] Choo representing the elites, McLouth is the mid-range leadoff hitter option on the free-agent market this winter.”

*Speaking of bargains, CBS Chicago suggests Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts as a fit for the White Sox: “Talk about a cheap signing. Roberts hasn’t had a full and healthy season since 2009, but there were signs at the end of the season that Roberts could still be a productive hitter. If the White Sox trade Gordon Beckham – perhaps to Toronto – Roberts could be a remarkable addition if he can pick up where he left off after a very productive last quarter of the 2013 season.”