Let’s keep this brief this morning, given the fact that it’s Christmas. So with that said…first and foremost I’d like to wish all of Birdland a very Merry Christmas this morning! I hope that Santa was good to all fans of the Baltimore Orioles who read this column (and even those who don’t!). So what can fans hope might have been stashed under Dan Duquette’s tree this morning? Speaking for myself, I’d say a front-line starting pitcher. And incidentally, that supersedes the need for a closer or anything else. I see starting pitching as the single biggest issue with the O’s right now. If they can find a top-line starter to compliment Chris Tillman, they’ll be in business.
I also mentioned the closer role above, and that’s something that will either be addressed in house or by Tommy Hunter presumably. However what about left field? Nolan Reimold appears to be getting another shot at that, possibly combined with David Lough (for whom they recently traded). Would the Orioles be better off if they had someone such as Nelson Cruz? Without a doubt. However hypothetically speaking if the Orioles only have one bullet to spend I think it should be on a front-line pitcher. And let’s not forget that some of these things could happen in the form of trades.
All of that aside, once again I hope that Orioles fans far and wide enjoy their Christmas today, as well as the entire holiday season as we move through it.