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Your choice: A.J. Burnett or Mark Teixeira?

I studied everyone's responses to Tuesday's question about the Least Valuable Oriole. And I came to this conclusion:

Boy were there some bad performances in 2008.

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One guy who was barely mentioned -- free drink chips for Stanhouse and Ken F. -- was Luis Hernandez. The bar was so low for Hernandez that all he had to do was play good defense and the Orioles would have allowed his wet-newspaper bat to stay in the starting lineup.

And his defense completely abandoned him. He went from starting big-league shortstop to potentially never playing in the bigs again. I have to give him the LVO, because he really didn't have to do much and he failed.

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Now, as for most disappointing Oriole, I think Adam Loewen edges Daniel Cabrera and Jamie Walker by a bad elbow. Loewen entered the season as the Great Canadian Hope for the rotation and, because of injury, will never pitch again.

Cabrera may not pitch again for the Orioles and Walker was awful this year, but Loewen is in a sad class by himself. Here's hoping he somehow can resurface as a hitter. He's a really bright, nice guy and it's easy to pull for him. But the guess is his big-league baseball career is over.

OK, today let's talk priorities. Obviously, the Orioles have a lot to do this offseason. They have a lot of holes to fill.

They need pitching more than anything else. There's been hints coming out of the Warehouse that they will make a run at both A.J. Burnett, who lives in Monkton, and Mark Teixeira, who used to live in Severna Park.

The common belief is that the other top free agents -- CC Sabathia, Ryan Dempster, Ben Sheets, Adam Dunn, Manny Ramirez, etc. -- will have more enticing offers from legitimate contenders and won't even consider Baltimore.

But the Orioles still have an outside shot at Burnett (assuming he opts out of his current contract) and Teixeira, because of their local ties, assuming they get major offers here.

Yes, the reality is that the Orioles won't get either. I get that. But step out of the reality box for a moment. If you could have just one, who would it be? Burnett fits better, but Teixeira is much less risky for the big money they both will command.

Daily Think Special: A.J. Burnett or Mark Teixeira? Both is not an option.

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