Andy MacPhail is back from the Winter Meetings, but I doubt he's going to spend today Christmas shopping. If he is, I'm hoping for a new Blu-Ray player, but if I know Andy, he's going to be picking up the phone and picking up where he left off in Indianapolis.
The next day or so could be pretty interesting, because of all the teams that will be trying to move arbitration-eligible players that need to be tendered contracts by tomorrow night's deadline.
There was a published report during the meetings that the San Diego Padres might non-tender third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, but don't get your hopes up on that. He's not being shopped because of his salary, which is minimal, or his arbitration salary potential, which is modest. He's being shopped because the Padres have very good organizational depth at third base and he's blocking some people.
They won't be giving him away or they already would have traded him, since several teams have expressed interest and a couple have made real offers. Still, I believe this is a deal the Orioles can make if MacPhail thinks Kouzmanoff is the answer at third. He's an unorthodox fielder with so-so range, but inside his range he makes every play. He also has good power and run-production numbers the past three years in a big park.
If the O's are trolling for a non-tendered player, the name that has been floating around this week is Garrett Atkins, who is likely to be let go by the Rockies. He's a fun-with-numbers guy, since you can make the case that he has driven in an average of 94 runs the past five years at post-humidor Coors Field, but he's coming off a down year.and made $7 million in 2009.
Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla isn't out the question either. The Marlins claim that trade talks are "simmering," and the Orioles have been mentioned as a suitor, but I don't know if the Orioles are willing to risk a potentially rocky transition to third base.
Maybe we'll have a better idea by Sunday.
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