Will the Baltimore Orioles target any of the top 10 free agents?
These top outfielders could help in Birdland
J.D. Martinez. This would be a dream signing for the Orioles. Martinez is one of the nicest guys in baseball and he would fit in nicely at the nicest ballpark in America. He just so happens to play right field, where the O’s have an empty spot. And, he can hit bombs. Over and over again. If he doesn’t go to Baltimore (which he probably won’t since he just signed with uber-agent Scott Boras), Martinez will most likely end up in Boston, with the D-backs, or with another team that would give him a big contract. Had he played in one league in 2017, he would easily be in the running for an MVP award.
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Jay Bruce. He’s another right fielder that could fill the hole in the O’s roster. He made $13 million in 2017 and was a key addition to the Indians in their post-season run. The Mets got a minor leaguer for him. He’s a career .249 left-handed hitter, but if the O’s want a right-fielder, there are a few better ones available – like J.D. Martinez. Although Martinez could command double the millions compared to what Bruce could. Rumor has it that Bruce could go to Canada to play for the other birds in the AL East.
Lorenzo Cain. He’s an outfielder to watch. Cain is a multi-tool player who is better built for centerfield. He has played right field and done rather well there. He steals bases and has a career batting average of .290. Cain’s not a power hitter, but once he gets on base, he discombobulates the opposition. Dan Duquette could do much worse than sign Lorenzo Cain. He made $11 million in 2017 with the Royals and he’s not projected to sign a contract as big as J.D Martinez or Giancarlo Stanton.