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Jeff Zrebiec's roster analysis

February 14, 2007

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Infielders
Chris Gomez
Returns for third season to provide right-handed bat, versatility off bench.

Kevin Millar
Should get majority of starts at first base but needs to produce offensively.

Melvin Mora
Orioles hoping he bounces back from disappointing 2006 season.

Brian Roberts
Further removed from arm surgery, leadoff man is back at full strength.

Miguel Tejada
Expected to arrive in better shape and without trade rumors swirling.

Outfielders
Freddie Bynum
His ability to also play infield gives him edge for final bench spot.

Jay Gibbons
Orioles want to know what he'll do if healthy enough to get 550 at-bats.

Aubrey Huff
Will play several positions but main job will be to protect Tejada.

Nick Markakis
A lot of eyes will be watching how he follows strong rookie season.

Corey Patterson
A nice surprise last year but has always struggled to stay consistent.

Jay Payton
Veteran will bring versatility and attitude to the Orioles' outfield picture.

Catchers
Paul Bako
Journeyman well schooled in how Leo Mazzone wants a game called.

Ramon Hernandez
Should be better rested in attempt to duplicate standout 2006 season.

Starters
Erik Bedard
In 15-win season, left no doubt that he has emerged and is Orioles' best pitcher.

Kris Benson
Shoulder injury will keep veteran out of Orioles' rotation for much of 2007.

Daniel Cabrera
The Orioles need this to be the year right-hander finally figures it out.

Adam Loewen
Made great strides last year but is being counted on to do much more.

Steve Trachsel
Veteran starter just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Jaret Wright
Had his best year with Mazzone, though durability questions remain.

Relievers
Danys Baez
Orioles paid him closer's money to come in and serve as top setup man.

Kurt Birkins
Could fill second left-handed and long relief roles in Orioles' reworked bullpen.

Chad Bradford
Club would be quite content if submariner duplicates 2006 results.

Chris Ray
After last year, there are no more concerns over his ability to fill closer spot.

Jamie Walker
Left-handed specialist will get chances to earn contract vs. likes of David Ortiz, Jason Giambi.

Todd Williams
Orioles banking on him being healthier and in better shape than he was last year.

Scott Williamson
Likely will make the team but injury history makes him a wild card.

Ten others to watch
Brian Burres // Will compete with Kurt Birkins and John Parrish if O's take second left-hander in bullpen.

Brandon Fahey // Nice story last year but will be hard-pressed to break camp with team.

Jeff Fiorentino // Offseason additions mean outfielder likely headed for Triple-A Norfolk.

Jeremy Guthrie // Right-handed swing man could benefit if O's goes with only one left-hander in bullpen.

Jim Hoey // O's would prefer hard-throwing reliever get more seasoning in minors.

J.R. House // Catcher's bat could have him in conversation for spot on Orioles' bench.

Jon Knott // Minor league stats impressive but 1B/OF has little big league experience.

Garrett Olson // At some point this season, O's want to get a look at young left-handed starter.

Hayden Penn // Will be in O's rotation at some point this season, if not on Opening Day.

Adam Stern // Outfielder came over in Javy Lopez deal and has shot at last roster spot.