The addition of leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler gives the Orioles a prototypical leadoff hitter and further improves the Orioles lineup by moving Manny Machado into a role that better utilizes his emergent power.
Machado led off in 111 games last year and was very productive, batting .300 with a .364 on-base percentage (OBP). He'll likely bat second this season, but could fit almost anywhere in the heart of the batting order after hitting 35 home runs in 2015.
Fowler batted .255 with a .350 OBP out of the No. 1 spot last season, but brings more classic skills to the leadoff role. He's a switch-hitter who walked 84 times last year and stole 20 bases, while still hitting 17 home runs. He also is a solid defensive outfielder.
So look for a lineup that looks like this: Fowler RF, Machado 3B, Jones CF, Davis 1B, Trumbo DH, Wieters C, Schoop 2B, Kim LF and Hardy SS.
If the Orioles had not come to terms with Fowler (whose deal, like pitcher Yovani Gallardo's, is pending a physical), the Orioles were looking at a competition for playing time in right that included Mark Trumbo and Nolan Reimold. Now, it appears, Reimold might be competing for the right-handed chunk of the playing time in left.
Meanwhile, the Orioles await more medical results on Gallardo, who would complete the starting rotation if the team is satisfied with the condition of his right shoulder.