With Matt Wieters and Mark Trumbo venturing into free agency, there’s a chance the Baltimore Orioles might not get them back.
However, there are options on the free agent and trade market that could be cost-effective.
It’s likely Baltimore Orioles fans have seen the last of Matt Wieters and Mark Trumbo. It was almost a given the moment they refused to offer Wieters the qualifying offer and Trumbo declined the qualifying offer.
It’s not that the Orioles don’t want Wieters and Trumbo back. It’s likely the team would jump at the chance for a reunion with both players. But only if both players didn’t cost so much money.
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The Orioles aren’t planning to spend money this offseason, especially when there’s approximately $96 Million on the payroll going into next season. So they’re going to have to be creative when it comes to acquiring talent.
What are the Orioles looking for?
The Orioles are looking for help behind the plate and in the outfield. Going into the season, the Orioles would have Caleb Joseph as the starting catcher. The team would also be without a power-hitting outfielder with the ability to get on base.
So what players on the free agent and trade market would fit the Orioles needs and give them the talent in order to contend?