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O’s tender contracts to six, agree to terms with Pearce, Reimold

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles today announced that they have tendered contracts to six of their arbitration eligible players: CA MATT WIETERS1B CHRIS DAVISRHP’s TOMMY HUNTER and BUD NORRIS and LHP’s BRIAN MATUSZ and TROY PATTON. Additionally, OF’s STEVE PEARCE and NOLAN REIMOLD have agreed to terms on contracts for 2014, and RHP EDDIE GAMBOA and OF JASON PRIDIE were not tendered contracts by the club.

Wieters, 27, batted .235/.287/.417 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 148 games in 2013.

Davis, 27, finished third in the American League MVP voting, leading the major leagues with 53 home runs and 138 RBI while batting .286/.370/.634 in 160 games.

Hunter, 27, was 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA (86.1IP, 27ER) in 68 relief appearances.

Norris, 28, went 4-3 with a 4.80 ERA (50.2IP, 27ER) in 11 games (nine starts) for the Orioles after being acquired from Houston on July 31. He went 10-12 with a 4.18 ERA (176.2IP, 82ER) in 32 games (30 starts) in 2013.

Matusz, 26, was 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA (51.0IP, 20ER) in 65 appearances.

Patton, 28, went 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA (56.0IP, 23ER) in 56 outings.

Pearce, 30, hit .261/.362/.420 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 44 games.

Reimold, 30, played in 40 games, batting .195/.250/.335 with five home runs and 12 RBI.

Gamboa, 28, had his contract selected on November 20. He went a combined 6-11 with a 4.43 ERA (142.1IP, 70ER) and 114 strikeouts for Double-A Bowie (16 GS) and Triple-A Norfolk (nine GS) in 2013.

Pridie, 30, had his contract selected on September 25 after batting .269/.333/.434 in 118 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He went 2-for-10 in four games with the Orioles.

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Your Monday Reality Check-What a difference a week makes?

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Your Monday Reality Check-What a difference a week makes?

Posted on 11 June 2012 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’re not familiar with WNST.net MLB analyst Allen McCallum. Allen was once the Ballpark Reporter at WNST, covering the Baltimore Orioles on a daily basis. He’s remained with us in the years since then, appearing once a week in studio (currently with Thyrl Nelson on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”) to talk Major League Baseball and Baltimore Orioles.

Allen is a really good dude, but is decidedly un-American in my book. You see, Allen doesn’t like football. I don’t understand it either, trust me. I have every reason to believe he celebrates the 4th of July and enjoys a good slice of Apple Pie, but he loves baseball and just doesn’t care about our national pastime.

Despite this obvious flaw, I’ve maintained a level of friendship and (as much as is possible for someone who I have to imagine may be a communist) respect for Allen. I don’t dislike him, I just don’t understand how someone like him can exist in this country. You see, football is our beautiful game. It’s a game fathers play in the backyard with sons. Baseball is okay when there aren’t real sports to watch, but is clearly inferior to football in every way.

I’m kidding. Well I’m kidding a LITTLE bit anyway.

The reason my lede is about our resident purveyor of Orange Kool-Aid is because Allen likes to make a point during the course of baseball season that is relevant to both sports. As Birds fans have a tendency to freak out over the results of a couple of games (or one game…or a couple of innings…or a single at-bat), Allen likes to send out a reminder that “this isn’t football. There’s 162 games to be played.”

It hasn’t always been good news in Charm City that the O’s have to play 162 games, but the point he makes is relevant. During Ravens season we tend to overreact to one particular game, but we do that knowing that one game reflects roughly six percent of the season. While a NFL team can certainly recover from a stretch of two or three bad games, a bad streak can quickly spiral into killing a quarter of a football season. At the same time, a bad streak of three or four games during baseball season does not even represent the same six percent of the season that one football game represents.

Let me try to step away from math for a second. A single football game is more significant than a single baseball game. But you already knew that.

Seven days ago (which as I type this would have been June 4), there was reason for great concern amongst Baltimore baseball fans. After getting off to a 27-14 start, the Birds were mired in a streak that saw them drop 10 of 13 games. Sitting at 30-24, the Birds had appeared to already be well into their annual “June swoon” and seemed destined to find themselves on their way to the cellar of the AL East.

But something funny happened in the six games that followed. Instead of continuing their free fall, the Birds stabilized. They won two of three against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, then returned home to take two dramatic extra inning contests against the Philadelphia Phillies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in front of thousands of stunned supporters who had made their way down I-95 from The City of Brotherly Love.

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Here’s How I’d Put Together Orioles Roster At This Point

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Here’s How I’d Put Together Orioles Roster At This Point

Posted on 27 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

They’re not going to be good, but they’re going to play games anyway. Tuesday on “The Reality Check”, I offered my best educated guess on how to put together the Baltimore Orioles’ 25 man Opening Day roster.

A lot of this appears to be set in stone already. As a reminder, I’m not in Sarasota covering Spring Training. I’m in Towson looking out the window at the deer here at 1550 Hart Rd.

I’m not complaining by the way.


Nolan Reimold
Adam Jones
Nick Markakis
Endy Chavez

Mark Reynolds
JJ Hardy
Robert Andino
Ryan Flaherty
Chris Davis
Wilson Betemit
Nick Johnson

Matt Wieters

Ronny Paulino

Jake Arrieta
Jason Hammel
Wei-Yin Chen

Tommy Hunter
Dana Eveland

Kevin Gregg
Matt Lindstrom

Luis Ayala
Tsuyoshi Wada
Jim Johnson
Pedro Strop
Troy Patton

(DISABLED LIST: P Zach Britton, 2B Brian Roberts, P Darren O’Day & P Alfredo Simon)

ROSTER NOTES: The O’s will be able to add Johnson and Paulino to the roster by sampling moving OF Jai Miller and C Taylor Teagarden off the roster. I’m guessing the team will now choose to leave Brian Matusz in Norfolk to protect a rotation spot for Britton when he’s healthy. There are other roster options (including leaving Wada on the DL) that could open up a spot for a Chris Tillman, O’Day or Simon.


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Some Free Advice For Showalter, McClain, Knicks, CBS, More

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Some Free Advice For Showalter, McClain, Knicks, CBS, More

Posted on 15 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

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I Answer Your Questions About Reimold, Patsos, New Arena, More

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I Answer Your Questions About Reimold, Patsos, New Arena, More

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

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Come on Buck!

Posted on 03 August 2011 by Mitchell Toland

I’m really getting tired of seeing the same pattern with Buck Showalter and the Orioles.  We bring guys up from the minors to play and see what they have but then they get inconsistent, at best, playing time.  We know what we’re getting from guys like Robert Andino and Felix Pie.  We have guys like Nolan Reimold and Blake Davis sitting on the bench and playing inconsistently when we aren’t really sure of what they can offer.  All we know is that Reimold hit a decent amount of home runs his rookie season and that Blake has played well in the minors.

How are we ever going to truly know how good these guys are when they are playing every other day, or every third day.  Like I said, we know what we’re getting from Felix Pie and Robert Andino.  Pie is going to offer us horrid defense and Andino is going to give you a decent off the bench bat and pretty solid defense.  We need to know what these other guys have to offer with consistent everyday playing time.  We know Reimold is not the best left fielder but he hits for some power and a decent average in the time we have seen him.  Blake has played pretty good defense since that horrible error against the Red Sox in his first game and he has hit decently despite his average. He’s only had 21 at-bats since July 7!  It’s freaking ridiculous.  Don’t bring a guy up if  you don’t plan on playing him consistently.  It’s not like the O’s are in playoff contention or battling for .500 and you don’t want to play a rookie too often.  We’re the worst team in the American League!

We just need to play these guys and see what they have to offer so we know whether or not it’s even worth having these guys on the team!  The same thing happened with Ryan Adams earlier this year.  He was called up after raking in Spring Training and in AAA and when he got here he got almost no at-bats and wasn’t given a real opportunity to play.  Why are we not trying to play young second baseman who we are probably going to need to play almost everyday soon. Brian Roberts is done.  I don’t even consider him a member of the team anymore.  He cannot be counted on to play everyday.  It is a real shame we still have two years left on the contract with him for $20 million.  I remember when that deal was signed thinking it was a bad idea for an aging speed second baseman.  So because we have an unreliable second baseman we need to find out what the young guys can do! This is the same with left field.  We have no idea who is the left fielder of the future.  We know it’s not Pie.  So why is Nolan Reimold not playing every freaking night for the rest of the season so we know what he have.  If he plays well we can look at it as we have a decent option in left field heading into next season.  If not we know we have to look outside of the organization as we don’t have anyone in the minors ready to play that position.

Nolan Reimold and Blake Davis should be playing everyday.  We just brought Chris Davis in from Texas and he is playing everyday already.  We know what Pie and Andino and Brob give us now and none of it is great.  Let Reimold and Davis play everyday for the rest of the year and let’s see what these guys have to really offer us.  Hell, if you don’t honestly believe Blake Davis can play then bring Ryan Adams and his bat back up here and play him everyday. He’s hitting .288 with 8 homers at Norfolk this year. Not a lot of power but obviously he can hit.   We just need to be playing someone new that we think has potential and see what they really have to offer us for the rest of the year.  We’re only hurting the development of guys like Blake Davis when we call them up and then let them sit on the bench and get 20-30 at-bats a month.  It’s ridiculous.

Last week against the Blue Jays I remember Reimold having a home run and a double in a game and driving in 3 runs, I believe.  The next night we were facing Romero.  Reimold sat the next night because he was 1 for 10 career against Romero and Pie played because he was 2 for 5.  Ten freaking at-bats is not enough to have a track record against a guy.  It can take more at-bats than that to even get a real feel for a guy.  So you take Reimold out of the lineup when he is swinging a good stick so that you can play Felix freaking Pie.  It’s just ridiculous.  That is over managing at its finest.

You can’t plan for the future if you don’t know what you have in the present.  Stop micro-managing and just play these guys everyday and spell them with Pie and Andino.  Andino could spell Reimold, Hardy, or Blake Davis if we needed him to.  We have to find out what we have if we’re ever going to get better in the future.  As always, thank god for the Ravens.

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Morning Reaction Orioles Midseason Report Card

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Morning Reaction Orioles Midseason Report Card

Posted on 06 July 2011 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Orioles are now two games into the second half of the 2011 season. On Wednesday’s edition of “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, Drew Forrester and I gave our grades for Orioles players during the first half of the season.



Matt Wieters-Glenn Clark B+, Drew Forrester B
Jake Fox-Glenn D, Drew D
Craig Tatum-Glenn C-, Drew B



Derrek Lee-Glenn D+, Drew D
Brian Roberts-Glenn D, Drew D
JJ Hardy-Glenn A-, Drew A
Mark Reynolds-Glenn B-, Drew C-
Robert Andino-Glenn C+, Drew C
Blake Davis-Glenn C, Drew B-
Cesar Izturis-Glenn D, Drew D
Ryan Adams-Glenn C, Drew D
Brandon Snyder-Glenn C-, Drew C-



Luke Scott-Glenn D, Drew D
Adam Jones-Glenn B-, Drew B+
Nick Markakis-Glenn B-, Drew C-
Nolan Reimold-Glenn C+, Drew C-
Felix Pie-Glenn F, Drew D-
Vladimir Guerrero-Glenn D+, Drew D+



Jeremy Guthrie-Glenn C+, Drew C+
Jake Arrieta-Glenn B-, Drew C
Zach Britton-Glenn B, Drew B
Brian Matusz-Glenn D, Drew F
Chris Tillman-Glenn D, Drew D
Brad Bergesen-Glenn D+, Drew C-
Chris Jakubauskas-Glenn C-, Drew D



Koji Uehara-Glenn B, Drew B+
Jim Johnson-Glenn B+, Drew B-
Pedro Viola-Glenn C, Drew C
Kevin Gregg-Glenn C-, Drew C+
Alfredo Simon-Glenn C-, Drew C-
Jeremy Accardo-Glenn D, Drew D
Mike Gonzalez-Glenn D, Drew D
Josh Rupe-Glenn D, Drew D
Jason Berken-Glenn C, Drew C-
Clay Rapada-Glenn D-, Drew B-
Troy Patton-Glenn D, Drew F



Buck Showalter-Glenn C-, Drew B+

If you missed the breakdown of our midseason grades on Wednesday’s edition of “The Morning Reaction”, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Scrap the “Plan”, give MacPhail a taser

Posted on 04 May 2010 by dansoderberg

A teenager was tasered in Philly on Monday night after running onto the field during a Phillies/Cardinals game.  Plain and simple, the kid didn’t belong on the field so he was tasered.  I think Andy MacPhail’s much talked about “Plan” would be a helluva lot more interesting if Andy followed the same principle, if you don’t belong on the field you’ll be tasered.

It’s May 4th, the Orioles are a ridiculous 7-20, and there are an abundance of “players” on the team who clearly do not belong on a Major League field.  If a 17 year old kid can be tasered for running onto the field just imagine the just punishment handed down for Nolan Reimold and his .179 batting average.  Do you think Adam Jones would keep swinging at the same slider 2 feet off the outside corner if he knew Mr. MacPhail was sitting behind the dugout with a taser and an itchy trigger finger?  Dave Trembley insists that hitting Adam in the leadoff spot will force him to become a more patient hitter.  I think tasering him for poor at bats and mental lapses may produce better results.

In all honesty, Andy may need two tasers for this crew.  Luke Scott, Lou Montanez, Garrett Atkins, Julio Lugo, the list goes on and on.  So many people to taser and so little time.  In fact, the Orioles and MASN really promote the heck out of these T-shirt Tuesdays (and who wouldn’t want a Ryhne Hughes t-shirt), just imagine the crowd they’d get for Taser Tuesday.  I know if there were a chance I’d get to taser Jeremy Guthrie after another gopher ball, or Julio Lugo after another ridiculous at bat I might actually pay for a ticket and maybe even the $2 game day surcharge.

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Orioles circa 2010: We know they’ll lie, but will they lie down again?

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

I know, I’m like a freaking broken record. Every year I write about how I’ve wrongfully had my media pass revoked and every year the Orioles make up some more lies to justify all of their mean-spiritedness and lack of professionalism. It’s Opening Day, I’ve again been deemed “not a media member” but that’s just the “off the field” stuff.

On the field, the word “improvement” has been thrown around all offseason in regard to the Orioles. As I’ve said many times, when you lose 98 games it’s hard NOT to improve the following season. It can’t get much worse, really.

As sickening as it is that I’ve taken a myriad of phone calls, emails and correspondence wondering “if the Orioles can win 78 games” – as though this disgracefully low bar somehow passes for “improvement” – I am officially one of the optimistic orange Kool Aid drinkers circa April 5th regarding the 2010 season.

It is my belief that this is the best team the Orioles have fielded this century. In 2004, the Orioles “best” performance was indeed 78 wins. Las Vegas has the 2010 Orioles over/under at 74 ½. If I were a betting man, I’d honestly take the “over” for the 2010 Orioles.

But this might be the year they finally prove they were right all along over these past 13 years of “rebuilding” and buying the bats and growing the arms.

Apparently, 78 wins will get a number of people here in Baltimore excited. At least that’s what people think until they realize that even that lofty “goal” would still be 25 games out of first place in AL East and the season would once again be effectively over right around June 20.

People have asked me every day for a month: “What do you think of the Orioles?”

My answer: “It begins with Kevin Millwood.”

Millwood is an unwitting victim of the wrong end of a big contract and the overlooking of putting Baltimore on his “not to visit” list when he inked his last contract in Texas. But, alas, he’s here now and needs to selfishly pitch well, even in MLB’s version of Siberia. He can set the tone with a big effort tonight in Tampa Bay.

It was different when guys like Scott Erickson and Sidney Ponson were poisoning the next generation of Erik Bedard’s with their antics of bush-league, lack of professionalism. Millwood needs to be the “anti-aging” Orioles starting pitcher. He needs to be more like Rick Sutcliffe and less like the aforementioned bunch of vermin who spread their foul temperament and antics through the franchise like baseball’s version of a clubhouse cancer.

I’m not sure what kind of guy Millwood is – and again, therein lies the Orioles ability to unlawfully deny me a chance to do my job after all of these years – but I hope he acclimates, pitches well and leads by example for kids like Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman, who seem like the real thing.

Matusz might win 15 games this year if he stays healthy. And while that certainly IS progress, it’s not really much different than what Rodrigo Lopez and Eric Bedard both did twice in orange en route to meaningless, forgettable seasons for the Orioles.

But, as stated before, I’m bullish on the Orioles in 2010 in regard to “progress.” I think they might be OK and quite competitive against teams not named New York and Boston — if pieces fall into place and if good health can be found.

If the starting pitching can get them to the 6th or 7th inning five nights a week, that will allow for a more rested bullpen and a real chance for .500.

I’m sold on Miguel Tejada as a relevant third baseman in the AL East. I think he’ll hit .300 and be an RBI machine like he’s always been. He might be 50 years old for all we know, but I think he’ll be the least of the Orioles concerns at this point in his career. He’s coming as a complimentary player not the leader and “franchise” guy he was counted on to be six years ago. His lies, transgressions and B-12 shots will not even be a factor this summer in Baltimore.

Of course, this would be a good year for SOMEONE to step up and be the REAL franchise player.

Is it Nick Markakis, who is quietly putting together a nice Orioles career?

Or could it be Adam Jones, whose Tweets are fun to follow when he’s not up all night in San Diego?

Or will it be Matt Wieters, whose hype seemed justified over the final two months of 2009 when it appeared he was ready to become a star?

At least there are several All Star Game candidates in orange this summer. It’s not another summer of David Segui, B.J. Surhoff and Gregg Zaun playing out their late 30′s at Camden Yards.

I’m not a Dave Trembley fan – the team tanked and quit down the stretch last year and each of those 98 losses were well-earned late last summer. Again, when the owner is the cheapest in the game and when Trembley will manage for 1/10th of what the best managers in MLB yield for a salary, I get what the team is doing.

They’re making money. They’re hoping these kids pan out and selling it to what’s left of a tortured fan base and using their media moles to “plant the seed” of hope. At least they can say they “were patient” while Andy MacPhail built what this cake turns out to be circa 2013, when it allegedly will mature. (They’re always two years away from competing with the Yankees and Red Sox, aren’t they?)

So, are the baby Birds ready to fly? Can the team be relevant enough to compete through the All Star break without falling 15 games behind Boston and/or New York?

We’ll see. But for the first time in a long time, they can legitimately threaten to be a .500 team if they stay healthy and have some key young prospects step up the way the insider pundits around the sport believe they will.

If Matusz is real?

If Wieters is real?

If Adam Jones can improve?

If Nick Markakis can remain consistent?

If Brian Roberts’ back can stay healthy?

If all of the young starters can get to the 7th inning with consistency?

If Tejada still has it?

And this is before we start projecting the likes of Jeremy Guthrie, Garrett Atkins, Luke Scott, Felix Pie and Nolan Reimond, who are all a literal box of chocolates. Does anyone really know what any of these guys will wind up doing come mid-summer? And what does anyone know about the bullpen, led by Mike Gonzalez?

Again – it’s the worst run franchise in professional sports. It’s not even close. That much has been borne out in living color over the past 13 summers. That will never change, even if Brooks Robinson is throwing out the first pitch on Friday. They are the worst group of people I’ve met in my 42 years on the planet — pure evil in their deeds, intents and actions.

But, perhaps this is the summer that all of their bloody deeds since 1997 are justified and they get people in Baltimore truly excited and energized about baseball.

If Tampa Bay could do it two years ago there’s no reason to believe the likes of Matusz, Wieters, Reimold, Bergesen, Tillman and company can’t step up to become very productive, young major leaguers and all hit their stride this summer.

It’s certainly a lot more possible than during the era of Omar Daal, Marty Cordova and Kevin Millar or any of the past sins of Peter Angelos’ ugly stewardship as the suddenly disappearing owner.

My real prediction: 78 wins.

I don’t think they can be above .500 with 54 games coming in the division against New York, Boston and Tampa Bay. But I think they will certainly be far better and more interesting on the field than we’ve seen here in Baltimore over the last 13 years.

But given the history, let’s all sip the orange Kool Aid one ounce at a time…

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Making a case for two spots in the Orioles lineup.

Posted on 16 February 2010 by Andrew Stewart

Currently, the Baltimore Orioles have 4 guys (Luke Scott, Nolan Reimold, Felix Pie, and Ty Wigginton) vying for two spots in the lineup. The Orioles are leaning towards Luke Scott in the designated hitter spot and Nolan Reimold playing in left. However, I am not to certain that will benefit the team the most. First off, I am not trying to bash any of these four guys, I am simply trying to justify why or why not they should have an opportunity for the last two spots in the lineup. Unfortunately, baseball is still business and with a team that is moving more-and-more towards youth, it leaves some guys looking from the outside-in.

Last year, was an interesting year for the Orioles, Baltimore moved towards developing its youth and saw the emergence of future stars. Dave Trembly and the Orioles looked to gain experience with their youth last year. However, with one year under their belt, Baltimore is counting on this young core to turn around Baltimore’s losing ways. There are still questions for the Orioles and will even be as the Orioles get closer to opening day.

Luke Scott, has become a fan and organization favorite. He represents what the game of baseball is about. Luke has the power to hit 40 home runs, but his inconsistencies are keeping him from reaching it. In 2009, Luke Scott had a roller coaster of a season, hitting over .300 before the all star game; only to follow that with a batting average hovering above the Mendoza line. Scott finished the season with 25 homeruns and a .258 batting average. However, there is some hope for Luke Scott and the Orioles. Last year he hit .296 in 6th hole with 21 homeruns. With some added protection around him Luke Scott could become a force to be reckoned with in the AL East.

Last year, Nolan Reimold put together an impressive rookie season. Orioles’ fans were finally able to see Andy MacPhail unveil his vision for the O’s. Furthermore, it brought about a new sense of excitement in Baltimore. Reimold put his power on display, hitting 15 home runs in a short rookie year. However, if there was one reason of concern for the Orioles, Reimold’s fielding and speed is sub-par at best. In just over 700 innings last year, Nolan Reimold committed 5 errors in the outfield. Also, it constantly appeared that Reimold took poor angles to fly balls in the outfield. Another reason of concern for the O’s is Remold’s durability. Last season, Reimold battled tendinitis in his Achilles tendon. During Reimold’s time on the 15-day DL, Baltimore saw the emergence of Felix Pie. Felix came into the second half of the season with a pedestrian .234 batting average. However, Pie would go onto hit .290 in the second half and 7 homeruns in only 48 games. Furthermore, Pie’s defense and speed is superior to Reimold. Last year, in a total of 583 innings spent in the outfield, Pie only committed two errors. He also, even managed to pick up 5 assists. Baltimore had also added Garret Atkins to the mix this off-season, and if he is not able to produce in spring training; Reimold or Luke Scott could take over the job at first.

Unfortunately, for Ty Wigginton it is hard to present reason why he should have a chance at a spot in Baltimore’s lineup. Wigginton has all the ability to hit 20+ home runs, but with three other guys that have the same ability it is hard to stand out. His glove is nothing special and his speed lacks as well. Last year, Wigginton hit .270 with only 11 home runs. He hit for a higher average after the all star game (.292), yet his power did not see any gain (5 home runs). Ty will most likely see his time as a platoon infielder, but he also could be dealt sometime before or after spring training. Baltimore is out of options with utility man, Robert Andino and Felix Pie; most likely leaving Wigginton as the odd man out. Also, the trade of Wigginton would allow the Orioles to carry an extra arm in the bullpen.

With only 2 spots available and 4 guys vying for them, the Baltimore Orioles have a lot of evaluation to do between now and opening day. After, one of the worst seasons in the history of Baltimore, there is an overwhelming need and hope for the Orioles to once again become a winning team in the AL East.

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