It’s been two weeks since Nate McLouth signed with the Nationals, leaving the Orioles without a starting left fielder. In the past two weeks, they’ve added three left-handed hitters in an attempt to replace McLouth.
On Wednesday, they acquired David Lough from Kansas City for Danny Valencia, and on Thursday, they signed Xavier Paul, who’d been nontendered by Cincinnati to a minor league contract. Last week, they added Julio Borbon in the minor league segment of the Rule 5 draft.
Earlier this month, they re-signed Steve Pearce and Nolan Reimold and signed free agent Francisco Peguero, who’d been with San Francisco.
Henry Urrutia is a left-handed hitter, but he has scant experience playing left field, and may be better suited to be the designated hitter.
NOTE: Next year will be the 60th anniversary of the Orioles’ move to Baltimore. For those far too young to remember, before 1954 the team was known as the St. Louis Browns.
For all home games, the Orioles will be using this nifty ball.
Coming in 2014, 60th Anniversary baseballs for all games at OPACY. Here’s to 60 more years as your hometown team! pic.twitter.com/aXATxkA9xr
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) December 19, 2013