Wednesday’s Orioles news roundup already? I’ll take it! There’s plenty to catch you up on as usual as we continue to bring you the most comprehensive Orioles offseason coverage that we can. Got a healthy sip of coffee in? Good, time to get to it.
Orioles News 11/30/22
Is Justin Verlander a possibility?
As rumors continue to swirl surrounding the Orioles intention to splash cash and interest in even the highest-priced free agents, Contributor Andrew Bassan wonders: is even Justin Verlander realistic? It’d be hard to imagine the reigning Cy Young winner and future Hall of Famer leaving the Houston Astros but if he wants to join the hot young upstarts looking to make some noise in the playoffs, the Orioles are just the team for him. Please, Justin. Let us get your mail.
2022 O’s who may miss out in ‘23
As more prospects arrive to the majors and the team is bolstered through trades and free agency, less opportunities will be available to those on the periphery looking for a chance to prove themselves at the highest level. I look at three players specifically who might just be on the outside looking in next season as the Orioles look to contend for a playoff spot.
Pirates and Nationals heat up the hot stove
The two nearby NL squads each signed a hitter on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh, who traded for Tampa’s Ji-Man Choi earlier this offseason, signed free agent DH Carlos Santana to a one year, $6.7 million contract. The 36 year old finished last season with the Seattle Mariners and though he’s no longer a threat to hit 30 home runs, can still run into the occasional fastball and launch it over the fence.
The Washington Nationals agreed to a deal with former Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario. This appears to be a classic case of a rebuilding team signing affordable veterans to fill out a roster until their prospects are ready for the bigs. Where have we seen that before?