The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with OFer Tyler Colvin, formerly of the Colorado Rockies. The financial terms of the deal (which is pending a physical) have not been disclosed as of yet, however according to various industry sources it’s a major league contract. Colvin, 28, on.y hit .160 last year but that was only through 27 games at the big league level. He hit .275 at triple-A. Colvin did hit .290 over 136 games in the majors in 2012 however, and perhaps more importantly he hits from the left side of the plate.
This comes at a time when many people are openly questioning what the Orioles are doing with
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so many “underwhelming” signings. Perhaps they’re adding trade chips…honestly who can really be sure. However keep in mind that for the most part (this signing being an exception), most of these signings have been on minor league contracts. And the Orioles signing a guy like Colvin to a big league contract pushes someone like Quintin Berry or Julio Borbon down a notch in terms of their odds of making the team. However to me the thing that stands out is the fact that Colvin hits from the left side of the plate. That should make a big difference to Orioles fans in terms of why the Orioles targeted that specific player.
However I would submit that starting pitching is still this team’s biggest need, and signings such as Alfredo Aceves aren’t going to win you a pennant. Luckily Dan Duquette knows this also, and I have a hunch that there’ll be a bigger name inked before the Birds fly south to Sarasota.