The Orioles have made offers to several free agents, executive vice president Dan Duquette said on Tuesday.
No surprise there. The assumption is that they are mid-tier guys -- solid players but the not the big-time money guys.
Yet one player that seemed like a good fit for several reasons is not on the radar: left fielder Josh Willingham.
The Orioles have not inquired about him at all -- not here, not at all this offseason.
Willingham, 32, is definitely a guy who is going to land a solid contract after a 29-homer, 98-RBI season for the Oakland A’s last year.
He can play left, he can DH and he can play first in a pinch. He’s right-handed, which is a bit of a detriment with the Orioles already having Nolan Reimold, but the Orioles definitely could use his power and positive clubhouse influence.
Plus, Willingham gets rave reviews from Orioles’ hitting coach Jim Presley, who worked with Willingham in Florida.
But scratch Willingham off the Orioles’ wish list. He apparently was never a real consideration.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun