Baltimore Orioles: 3 Possible MLB Winter Meetings Moves To Watch
It’s that time of year again baseball fans. The 2017 Winter Meetings are finally here, as they officially kicked off last night in Florida. While fans across the country will be keeping their eyes and ears open, it is the discussions that occur in Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort that matter most. One team worth keeping an eye on, the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles are coming off a season in which they finished 75-87. That was good for last in the AL East. As they entered this MLB offseason, they are a team that is in a very difficult situation.
The Orioles have a handful of solid players. However, given their overall performance a season ago, things need to change. Then layer in the fact that several star players, including Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Adam Jones all enter the final year on their respective deals.
With that said, everyone who follows along with baseball knows the Winter Meetings are when the hot stove really gets the offseason going. After a very sluggish start, things really heated up these past few days with the Shohei Ohtani signing and Giancarlo Stanton trade shocking the baseball world.
But now that the meetings are here, let’s take a look at what could be coming in the next few days. In particular, we are here to look at three possible moves the Baltimore Orioles could make.
O’s Send Zach Britton to St. Louis For an Outfielder
There are going to be several Orioles’ see their names pop up in trade talks in the coming days. While many will point to Manny Machado, this writer sees him staying put. As a result, the most likely players to pack their bags are Zach Britton and Brad Brach.
The team also happens to have a need in the outfielder. So shipping either man out for a MLB ready outfielder seems to make a ton of sense. While the St. Louis Cardinals put their focus on acquiring Marcel Ozuna of the Miami Marlins, one of Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk are certain to be available.
It just so happens the Cards’ biggest need comes in the backend of the pen. So this seems like a match made in heaven if you ask me.
Baltimore Orioles signs Lance Lynn
There is no doubt the Orioles are in need of some help in their starting rotation. The Orioles have been connected to a few names thus far this Winter, including the likes of Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn. Both men are seen as the top of the second tier of free agents and may command similar contracts.
However, leading into the meetings, there has been more buzz around Cobb. Teams like the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs, also known as big market teams, are connected to Cobb. As a result, the Orioles are better off turning their attention to Lynn, who does not have quite the lengthy injury history that Cobb does.
If the Orioles feel they have one last run in them with the likes of Machado and Jones, adding a pitcher like Lynn is a most to help stabilize that rotation.
Baltimore Orioles sign Jayson Werth
Now, if the Birds end up trading for an outfielder like Stephen Piscotty, the need for a veteran like Werth is not as essential. However, this is the type of move that could happen either way. Werth is an aging veteran who is coming off an injury-plagued season with the Washington Nationals. While he is well past his prime, he would provide the team with a bat who could very well step into their current starting lineup.
It is also a move that signals to fans they are not phoning in the season just yet. It would likely be a one year deal, possibly with an option, meaning it is a move for the present. If the team is in the playoff hunt, Werth could very well be one of the team’s starting corner outfielders.
On the flip side, if the team is out of it come to the trade deadline, he could very well become a possible trade chip if he performs well enough.
So there you have it, folks. There will be plenty of moves over the course of this week. Will any of these moves happen? What moves do you want to see the Baltimore Orioles make?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments!