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2. C Nick Hundley
Opening Day Age: 33
Stats: .260/.320/.439, 10 homers, 48 RBIs, 317 plate appearances
Skinny: Assuming the Orioles don’t bring back Matt Wieters, and, based on finances, it’s unlikely they will, Hundley is the best option as a stop-gap behind the plate. He was solid for the Orioles in 2014, when he split time with Caleb Joseph as they filled in for an injured Wieters.
Hundley left to sign a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies; the Orioles wanted him back, but not on a two-year deal. Well, after two solid seasons in which he battled some injuries, Hundley is a free agent again. And he’ll likely be in the market for another two-year deal.
In one sense, it seems unlikely the Orioles would do that, considering they weren’t willing in 2014. But Joseph is coming off a disastrous year with the bat and top prospect Chance Sisco doesn’t appear ready defensively. Hundley would provide some insurance while reuniting with Orioles’ catching instructor John Russell, with whom Hundley built a strong relationship.
Bottom line: Hundley would soften the departure of Wieters, but given the weak catching market, he’s going to command a multi-year deal. And the Orioles may not be willing to do that.
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