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The Baltimore Orioles' season officially ended yesterday, as the Birds were unable to make it two consecutive playoff appearances. As such, the team's offseason begins, and Baltimore has several decisions ahead of them. Some of those decisions revolve around their free agents, and Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports offers his take on three players with expiring contracts; Scott Feldman, Jason Hammel and Nate McLouth.
Kubatko believes the Orioles will make a push to re-sign Feldman. The veteran right-hander was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in July, and he went on to post an ERA and WHIP of 4.27 and 1.224 over 15 starts for Baltimore. He owns career marks of 4.62 and 1.370, but he's been better (4.32, 1.248) over the past three seasons.
While Kubatko believes Feldman could be back with the O's, he thinks there's a good chance Jason Hammel's tenure in Baltimore has come to an end. In addition to Feldman, the Orioles also acquired right-hander Bud Norris this summer. They have two up-and-coming young arms that could be added to the rotation next season in Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, and other rotation candidates include Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman.
As is likely to be the case with Hammel, Kubatko believes it could also be the end of the road for outfielder Nate McLouth. If the asking price is the two years and $10 million MLBTradeRumors.com has projected, Kubatko believes the 31-year-old will be gone.
I agree that Baltimore will likely re-sign one of Hammel or Feldman, and Feldman would seem to get the nod considering Hammel's lackluster 2013 campaign. I'm not as sold that the O's won't be interested in McLouth, even at that price tag, considering his abilities in the field and on the base paths in addition to his contribution as the team's leadoff hitter for the majority of the season.
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