If the Orioles sign some outside help to close, they could still decide to use someone from in house to do the job.
Maybe it’s an obvious candidate. Maybe it isn’t.
The Orioles will undoubtedly have lots of new faces next year. They will also have lots of players coming back, and there are several who they’re looking for to improve on last year.
Ryan Flaherty has already beaten the odds. Flaherty is one of just three players taken in the 2011 Rule 5 draft who’s played two seasons in the major leagues.
Dan Duquette dropped a surprise on reporters last Friday. He said that the Orioles would offer a contract to Jim Johnson.