Got a little late start to the bar this morning. A brief ice storm put schools around me on a two-hour delay. Ice storm. Kids.
Anyway, the joint is open for business. So are roughly 100 free agents who still don’t have a job on January 11, basically a month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
Here’s what I’ve done for you since I’m such a caring barkeep: I’ve given you a list of some of the best free agents still available by position. Hopefully, I didn’t miss anyone – or give you someone who has just been signed. You pick the one you think would most help the Orioles (I kept players at just one position).
Here you go.
C: Matt Wieters, Nick Hundley, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kurt Suzuki, Chris Iannetta.
1B: James Loney, Mark Reynolds, Dae-ho Lee, Justin Morneau.
2B: Chase Utley, Gordon Beckham, Aaron Hill.
SS: Alexi Ramirez, Erick Aybar, Stephen Drew.
3B: Luis Valbuena, Chris Johnson, Daniel Delcaso.
OF: Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista, Angel Pagan, Brandon Moss, Michael Saunders (pictured above), Michael Bourn, Austin Jackson, Desmond Jennings, Franklin Gutierrez, Coco Crisp, Peter Bourjos, Chris Coghlan.
DH: Mike Napoli, Chris Carter, Pedro Alvarez, Adam Lind, Ryan Howard, Logan Morrison.
SP: Jason Hammel, Doug Fister, Tyson Ross, Jake Peavy, Jered Weaver, Scott Feldman, Jorge De La Rosa, Colby Lewis.
RP: Boone Logan, Vance Worley, Tommy Hunter, Neftali Feliz, David Hernandez, Matt Albers, Luke Hochevar, Kevin Jepsen, Santiago Casilla, Jonathan Papelbon.
Tap-In Question: Which remaining free agent is the best fit for the Orioles?