You won't hear Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim complain about his lack of playing time this season. He's been here before, and his major league career, though brief, has already had its share of obstacles.
The candidates brought in to compete for the same scarce opportunity on the big league roster are as varied as the offense-first Alvarez and Mancini, and the defense-first Craig Gentry and Michael Bourn. With that being the case, the question doesn't become who is an outfielder in the modern game, but instead who isn't one? And how does the team evaluate them against each other when each player brings disparate skills to the club?
In some major league cities, the month of November is a time of optimism and rebirth, as rebuilding teams shop the free-agent market and ponder trades to improve themselves for a new season that is less than four months away. In Baltimore, we've gotten used to the more deliberate management style of baseball operations chief Dan Duquette and know not to expect a whole lot to happen before the new year.