Although they weren't splashy moves when made,
The Orioles acquisition of second baseman
For a team like Minnesota, which needs to rebuild in many areas, he was too costly to keep. For the Orioles, he could be a good fit.
Casilla has speed on the basepaths. The Orioles ranked last in the majors in stolen bases with 58 in 2012, and nearly half of those steals (28) came from just two players --
Casilla could help the Orioles solve their offseason dilemma at second base.
Enter Casilla, who had a .980 fielding percentage at second and led second baseman in range factor per nine innings (5.33), a metric that is intended to show how many balls a fielder can successfully get to.
He's by no means guaranteed a spot, only an opportunity -- and whether he proves to be a Nate McLouth or a Dontrelle Willis remains to be seen -- but its a promising start to the offseason.
Also on Friday,
Needless to say, that doesn't speak well for Adams' future in the organization. He failed the test while still on the Orioles' 40-man roster before being taken off it Sept. 11.