At worst, Orioles lost nothing during quiet Winter Meetings

At worst, Orioles lost nothing during quiet Winter Meetings
December 7, 2012, 9:00 am

The Orioles were happy with what they accomplished at the Winter Meetings. They signed Nate McLouth and watched very little happen.

Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke are still unsigned, but they’re not coming to Baltimore, except as opponents.

The Yankees were sneered at by uberagent Scott Boras for supposedly acting like a small market team.

Boston overpaid for Shane Victorino, a fine outfielder, who’s 32. $39 million for three years to a player with a lifetime .275 average and modest power? They paid the same for Mike Napoli and signed Koji Uehara, who would have preferred a Baltimore return.

Tampa Bay signed James Loney to play first base and picked up the difficult Yunel Escobar to play short.

Toronto had its haul last month, so they were quiet this week.

Nothing earthshaking happened that might change the balance of power in the AL East, unless the Yankees make a covert run at Hamilton.

New York general manager Brian Cashman wants his club to be under $189 million for 2014, and he’s been avoiding multi-year offers to help. The Yankees will end up in the $200 million range.

The Orioles’ payroll will be a little less than half New York’s. There’s still some work to be done for 2013, but at first glance, the Orioles at worst lost nothing this week.