NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Still recovering from his partial knee replacement, Buck Showalter hobbled up to the table set aside for his interview session.
Looking relaxed and joking about his past in this city, Showalter said that he’s not uneasy the Orioles have yet to make a move at the Winter Meetings.
“No. Not at all. Just the opposite,” Showalter said. “We value our players, and if someone doesn’t value them the way we do, then we keep them.”
Showalter listens in on the trade talks with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. He’s also monitoring his player’s workouts.
“I’m real proud of where everybody is in the off-season. Everybody’s very attentive to maintaining the things they established last year. There’s a lot of hard work going on,” Showalter said.
Last week, the Orioles did not offer Mark Reynolds a contract, and they are looking to acquire a first baseman by a trade or free agency, but barring that Chris Davis will get a chance at first base.
“I think Chris is capable of being an above-average defender in a lot of places,” Showalter said. “He’s capable of a lot better at first base.”
Showalter said that there’s a chance Reynolds returns. “We’ll wait and see what happens with Mark, too. We’re still hopeful that we can bring Mark back,” Showalter said.
Last year, Showalter didn’t want to have a full-time designated hitter. At the beginning of the season, he used several different players before using Davis more often later in the season.
“I’m hoping that the people that are going to be DHing this year are capable of playing other places, too,” Showalter said.
He thinks Nolan Reimold could be a help at DH.
Manny Machado was in the hospital with meningitis last month, Showalter revealed. He’s working out without a problem now.
-Pedro Strop will play for the Dominican team in the World Baseball Classic. Two minor league catchers, Allan San Miguel (Australia)
and Chris Robinson (Canada) will play. The Orioles were originally supposed to play Brazil in Sarasota on Mar. 6. Spain will pay the Orioles instead.
-The Orioles and Nate McLouth’s agent spoke for the first time in a week on Tuesday.
-Showalter hopes to name a replacement for DeMarlo Hale as third base coach by the end of the week.
-Showalter said that Omar Quintanilla, who was non-tendered last week, may re-sign with the team.