The Orioles start a three game set against the White Sox in Chicago. They’ve been struggling so hopefully the Orioles can continue to get back on track and keep them down. The Orioles didn’t land any of the big name free agents they were after but I like the moves they’ve made during this offseason. The latest is they signed Derrek Lee to a one year deal (pending a physical). Lee was looking for $8-$10 million so that’s what we have to work with so far. The oft injured Lee had a huge resurgence in 2009 but saw his numbers drop in 2010. Still, 19 home runs and 80 RBIs is nothing to scoff at considering he had the bad thumb.
When you combine Lee with Mark Reynolds and Luke Scott, the Orioles have a formidable middle of the order. I don’t think 2011 is going to be the Orioles break out season, but they’re definitely putting some pieces in place that should allow them to improve this year. I really like our chances a few years out assuming the team stays the course.
Nolan Reimhold, who’s being billed as one of the best of a crop of Orioles in the winter leagues prospects, has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League. You can check up on him and all of the Orioles prospects who are playing winter ball in this MLB.com column.
Man it’s been quiet so far for the Orioles. I know it’s early in the hot stove, but with all of the awards being announced, the Orioles haven’t walked away with any of them. No surprise though seeing as how bad this team played this year.
The Orioles head out west (like the Yankees) and they have two straight series out there. First up are the A’s. When they come home they’ll be takin gon the Blue Jays so hopefully they can get it done while out on the west coast. The first month of the season isn’t even over with and the Orioles season has been an odd one. They started 6-2 since then they’ve gone 4-10. And that’s only after back to back wins in their first two games against the last place (yes, I like saying that) Red Sox. There’s still a lot of ball to play and if not for a somewhat hot Yankees team (although even they’ve cooled off), they’d be right in the mix.