Assessing the Orioles' possibilities at first base
Dan Connolly: I had a few minutes to kill while I was in the Nashville airport Thursday before I boarded my plane to come back to Baltimore, leaving another MLB winter meetings behind.
So I signed onto my Twitter account and announced that I'd be taking Orioles questions for a little bit. Within five minutes, I had about 60 questions sent to me. I answered a few of them before I had to get in line for the flight.
As I headed to the line, I passed by Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and told him I'd give him my phone so he could answer a bunch of the questions. He laughed and said it was great to see how much interest there was in the team.
I'd say at least half of the Twitter questions I received Thursday had something to do with the Orioles' first base situation, whether it was inquiries about Chris Davis or Mark Reynolds or the club's potential trade or free agent targets.
Now, with news Sunday night that Reynolds agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal (plus incentives based on plate appearances) with the Cleveland Indians, I figured this would be a good time to look at the Orioles' first base options, analyze several candidates and add any updates or thoughts I might have.
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Garrett Jones( US Presswire / March 14, 2012 )
He's basically Morse Light. He would provide some power to the lineup, and he can probably be acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a reasonable deal. But he's already 31 and there's no guarantee that he didn't already peak with his 27 homers last season. The Orioles have kicked the tires on him, but I can't imagine they would give up a lot.