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Looking at 10 free agent targets that could fit for the Orioles

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6. C Chris Iannetta
Opening Day Age: 33 (34 on April 8)
Stats: .210/.303/.329, 7 homers, 24 RBIs, 338 plate appearances

Skinny: There are plenty of reserve catchers available for the picking, so you can almost flip a coin. Iannetta has some pop in his bat – he has 107 career homers in 11 big-league seasons – but otherwise isn’t much of a hitter. His career batting average is .229 and he’s batted over .240 just once since 2008.

He’s a solid veteran backstop who has the reputation for handling a pitching staff. He has a solid arm, throwing out about 31 percent of would-be basestealers last year for the Seattle Mariners (his career mark is 25 percent). He came up with the Colorado Rockies and has caught Orioles’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez more than any other backstop (Jimenez has an ERA of 3.53 in 64 games caught by Iannetta.)

Bottom line: If the Orioles are looking for a one-year, stop-gap catcher, this is a solid option.

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