Last week, Dan Duquette met with a number of agents to talk about their clients. Presumably, he’s still talking with many agents now that he’s back in Baltimore since there are still a number of recognizable names still on the market.
You can dream about Josh Hamilton. A year ago, there was chatter that if Prince Fielder’s asking price tumbled, the Orioles could be a player. Neither happened though Fielder stayed unsigned until well into January.
Kevin Correia, who had been linked last week with the Orioles, signed for two years and $10 million with Minnesota. That was too rich for Duquette.
Besides some of the names already discussed: Adam LaRoche, Carlos Pena, Nick Swisher and Kevin Youkilis, there are a number of good players available.
Last year, Wilson Betemit and Endy Chavez were both signed not long before spring training. If there’s not a trade to pick up a hitter, there will probably be a signing or even two to improve on the Betemit/Danny Valencia DH combo that Duquette projected last week.
Luke Scott was last year’s Mark Reynolds. The injury-plagued Scott, who doesn’t play a great left field or first base, was not tendered by the Orioles and signed with Tampa Bay. More injuries followed, and he’s a free agent again.
If no one signs him, how about Scott as a left-handed DH? He loved playing in Baltimore and hit 27 home runs in 2010.
Travis Hafner has been an effective DH in the past, and though he’s been hurt a lot, he may be worth a flyer. The left-handed hitter is 36 and was paid $12 million last year, but I can’t imagine many teams clamoring for him.
Anibal Sanchez, Jonathan Sanchez, Edwin Jackson, Carlos Villanueva and Carl Pavano are still out there, too. If one remains unsigned in mid-January, maybe there’s a match to be made.