Found November 01, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The Baltimore Orioles had a great, very surprising 2012 season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and baseball in the beltway is peaking when you take the success of the Washington Nationals into account as well. But Baltimore GM Dan Duquette is going to have some work to do in order to repeat the success that his team had in 2012. Needs You can point to the success Nate McLouth had in his brief tenure with Baltimore last season, but this team needs an every day left fielder. In 55 games, McLouth had a .777 OPS, but McLouth is 31 and hadn't been any good since 2009, including for the first half of 2012 when he was with the Pirates. Baltimore also can't count on the health of the talented Nolan Reimold on an every day basis, which is a disappointment. The Orioles also should be in the market for a DH after scrolling through a variety of players and not really having any of them click. Mark Reynolds, who had his option declined but still has a year of...
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