The Orioles have seven players facing free agency at year's end.
Four are from the offense: infielders Ty Wigginton, Cesar Izturis, Julio Lugo and outfielder Corey Patterson.
Three are from the pitching staff: starter Kevin Millwood and relievers Koji Uehara and Mark Hendrickson.
All seven filled a role for the Orioles this year, though only Patterson and Wigginton exceeded expectations.
None will get the Orioles draft picks next year if they leave via free agency (only Uehara and Millwood have a chance, if offered arbitration, and that process wouldn't be cost effective given Millwood's and Uehara's current salaries).
So it comes down to whether you want any of the seven back next year and at what cost.
The Orioles would like to retain Wigginton, the club's lone all star, but he will command at least a two-year deal and wants to play every day, while the Orioles are in search of a corner bat with more pop – and whether they get one likely will determine Wigginton's fate here.
Uehara has pitched great in a relief role, but he made $5 million each of the past two seasons and he likely won't take a huge pay cut. The Orioles would be gambling on the 35-year-old's health if they want him back.
Izturis is a good defender and the free agent shortstop market is thin. He's a good veteran presence and so is Millwood and Hendrickson. Patterson has done everything asked as a reserve/starting outfielder. Lugo can play multiple positions as a utility infielder.
Do you want any of these guys back? Who and why?
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