2013 Fantasy Preview: Baltimore Orioles
The O's earned an American League wildcard berth last season thanks to a 29-9 record in one-run games. That kind of luck - er, performance - tends to even out, so they'll need to improve in other areas if they want to contend again. But since we care only about fantasy implications ...
Re-signed OF Nate McLouth
McLouth provided plenty of second-half help for fantasy owners, with seven home runs and 12 steals in 89 games. But look more closely, and you'll see an underwhelming .694 OPS, along with a probable playing-time threat in Nolan Reimold. Mixed leaguers shouldn't bother with McLouth.
Signed SP Jair Jurrjens
Remember when Jurrjens made the NL All-Star team in 2011, and posted a 2.60 ERA in 2009? For this injury-prone, soft-tossing righty with a subpar strikeout rate, those days are probably gone. Stay away, even if he makes the rotation.
Claimed 2B/SS Alexi Casilla
The somewhat speedy Casilla (2...