As the season winds down, it becomes time to put on the GM cap. While the Orioles have shown much improvement this September, there is still a lot of work to be done for this team to be competitive year long.
I want to discuss a few names that I think the Orioles should target. I am going to stay away from the Prince Fielder and CJ Wilson types, as practically every team could use or want players of that stature.
David Dejesus: Dejesus would be an excellent addition to the Orioles squad in 2012. While the 32 year old slumped in Oakland this season, he has a career OBP of .356. The Orioles should be in the market for a top of the order hitter such as Dejesus, who can get on base for the big power bats of Reynolds, Jones and Hardy (who should be batting lower in the order). Dejesus probably will not cost that much to bring in since his batting line this season was only .240/.323/.376. Regardless if Dejesus is on a decline, he still would be a better fixture than Matt Angle as the 4th OF or as a starting LF. The only problem is figuring out what to do with Luke Scott and Nolan Reimold. One could obviously DH.
Coco Crisp: Crisp is almost like Dejesus, as he would be a top of the order batter. While he only has a career OBP of .330, he still would give the Orioles that dose of speed that they severely lacked at the top of the order all year. He has tallied 49Stolen bases this year (58 attempts, 84%) . While he would probably not run that much in Baltimore, it would still be a strong asset for them.
Michael Cuddyer: Cuddyer would be a great addition to the Orioles if they could get him on a 2 or 3 year deal while not severely overpaying. His career OBP is .343, while this year he is a little above that at .349. However, Cuddyer has a few other positive assets that make me even more excited about the idea of bringing him in. He can play 1st, OF, DH and has even played 2nd and 3rd in recent years. I just like the flexibility that Cuddyer would bring to the Orioles. Another thing that I like about him is extra base power. Cuddyer can hit anywhere between 25-35 doubles with 15-25 HR's any given year.Finally, Cuddyer has a career BABIP of .306, which has not varied much in his career. He is about as consistent as you can get, besides the aberration 32 HR season he had.
While these guys may not be top tier additions, they provide the Orioles with better options than they currently have. You could argue that signing any of these guys would reduce the time of Nolan Reimold, but the front office should not be worried about that. Make Nolan earn his playing time in spring training and early next season.
(Stats taken from Baseball Reference)