With the World Series over, baseball’s free agency period is officially underway, but teams won’t sign players from other clubs until Tuesday at the earliest. The 147 players who have become free agents can only re-sign with their most recent teams for five days following the end of the World Series. Starting tomorrow, eligible free agents can sign anywhere.
According to the Orioles Insider at baltimoresun.com, it could be a very busy week for the Orioles and executive vice president Dan Duquette. The team has nine potential free agents, seven who are all ready free agents and two more who will become fee agents when their options for 2014 are declined over the next few days.
The Orioles are unlikely to spend a lot of money this off season, but one player high on their list to retain is pitcher Scott Feldman.
The Orioles traded for Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger on July 2 from the Cubs in exchange for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. That was a lot of pitching to get rid of for Feldman if he was only to stay with the club for those final three months of the season. Feldman could be a pitcher that would receive a lot of money in a pitching market that is thin this off season. The Orioles probably wont offer him guaranteed years and if another team, specifically a contender does so, Feldman will probably pitch somewhere else.
Feldman is a nine year veteran who pitched in 15 games for the Orioles this past season. He went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA. In 90 2/3 innings, he allowed 80 hits and struck out 65. For his career, Feldman is 51-56 with a 4.62 ERA, in 234 games.