Orioles’ personnel moves

Courtesy of Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Within the last week the Baltimore Orioles made a few noteworthy moves. Headlined was the claiming (off of waivers of former Minnesota Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla. the question now becomes whether or not Casilla is in the mix for the starting second base job in 2013. Casilla is a career .250 hitter who only has an OBP of .305. For his career he’s also posted a fielding percentage of .975 – not really numbers that blow you away. However he would be an interesting guy to throw in the mix if Brian Roberts is unable to go out of spring training. My personal opinion is that Roberts will report to spring training in shape and be ready to go on Opening Day barring another injury. However Casilla is certainly an interesting signing to say the least.

Roberts, along with Stu Pomeranz, Tsuyoshi Wada, Nolan Reimold, and Oliver Drake, was activated off of the DL last week as well. This is welcome news for Orioles fans, as Roberts hasn’t reported healthy to spring training since 2009. He will be in the final year of his contract, one in which the Orioles will owe him $10 million. For those who are asking why he’s still on the roster, there are $10 million reasons why! Wada, along with Wei-Yin Chen was supposed to be a phenom coming out of the Japanese league, however didn’t play in 2012 due to injuries. And of course there’s Nolan Reimold, who was to be the team’s starting left fielder all season long but sat out much of the year with an injured shoulder. I think that many fans would rather see the Orioles bring back Nate McLouth for that position in 2013, and with good reason. However as that decision gets closer to being made, it’s something that we’ll talk about more and more here on Birds Watcher.

 

Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Brian Roberts

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  • GreggOlson

    Domenic, you are not to informed on the O’s are you? Reimold suffer a neck injury not shoulder, the fans are not completely sold on Mclouth on the starting LF job neither is management but he would make for a solid back-up plan if Reimold can’t make it back

    • Domenic Vadala

      That’s called being sidetracked when you’re writing your article. Too bad some folks out there think that equals not being informed. The point is that Reimold sustained an injury. Based on the results of 2012 they have no choice but to at the very least consider McLouth coming back next year. Any many fans with whom I have spoke have told me that they wouldn’t mind that in the least. So…at the very least I suppose I must have my thumb on the pulse of the fanbase even if I’m “not informed on the Orioles.”

      • GreggOlson

        Sorry, for the snap judgement; most people just like to comment and place their opinion without knowing what is really going on with that team. There are fans that think Mclouth has had a turn around and should be consider for resigning but most I talk too and read about beieve if a significant upgrade can not be pursued first, Mclouth will work for the short term if and only If Reimold is not at full capacity and a long term solution has not surfaced by then.

        • Domenic Vadala

          I suppose it really matters what people think of McLouth’s two months with the Orioles in 2012. If they don’t think he’s capable of reciprocating the effort, then perhaps the Orioles shouldn’t re-sign him. There’s a chance that they platoon Reimold and McLouth so to speak, especially seeing that McLouth hits lefty.

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