Carlos Ruiz

Orioles are using light market to protect against injury catastrophe. Where else are they thin?

Orioles are using light market to protect against injury catastrophe. Where else are they thin?

However macabre it was, when Orioles manager Buck Showalter explained last week's signing of corner infielder-outfielder Danny Valencia by twice using the hypothetical of his present-day third baseman, Tim Beckham, breaking his leg in a freak accident, the rationale was sound.

March is the time of year for baseball teams to run through every hypothetical before the stakes rise dramatically, so Showalter looking at his roster and seeing the need for cover behind Beckham at third base and even Chris Davis at first base makes sense.

But there are more holes than just the one behind Beckham, and even if such a freak hypothetical is outside the realm of possibility, the Orioles...

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