I like both the Mike Gonzalez and Garrett Atkins deals pulled off by Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

But now he should go out and get another Gonzalez if he REALLY wants to help this team and excite the fans.


As I wrote in Wednesday's column, the Orioles desperately need a quality first baseman and big home run hitter for the middle of their lineup. And Adrian Gonzalez, the 27-year-old superstar first baseman with the San Diego Padres, is said to be available and would fill both those needs perfectly.

Sure, Atkins, who'll play third and bats right, has some pop in his bat -- he hit 29 homers and drove in 120 runs four years ago for the Colorado Rockies. But his homer numbers declined steadily after that, and he managed only nine homers and 48 RBI in just 354 at-bats last year.

And there's speculation that some of his homers came courtesy of hitter-friendly Coors Field, where batted balls tends to fly like missiles in the thin atmosphere of the Rocky Mountains.

No, the Orioles still need Adrian Gonzalez in the worst way. He hit 40 homers and drove in 99 runs last year. Over the past four seasons, he has hit 130 homers and driven in 400 runs. He's a two-time Gold Glove winner at first.

And judging by the e-mail I received in response to yesterday's column, he's the big gun fans are dying to see in an Orioles uniform.

Pull the trigger, Andy. Make a trade for A-Gon.

You won't regret it.