One of the many tough decisions the
McLouth might have been the best comeback story in baseball. He was released by the
Initially, McLouth’s role was to provide outfield depth and a solid glove – he won a
So what to do now? Following the Orioles’ season-ending ALDS Game 5 loss to the
"Of course," he said.
"It was a little bit different than a lot of people predicted, that's for sure," McLouth added. "Personally, I couldn't have had a better time in the time I've spent here, the two months I've been up here. I am appreciative they gave me the opportunity and I had a great time."
McLouth also shined under the postseason spotlight, so the 30-year-old outfielder could command a lot of interest on the free-agent market. But he might take less money in order for an opportunity to be an every-day player.
Let’s not forget about
Reimold is expected to return in time for
McLouth, who hit .268/.342/.435 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 55 regular-season games (and hit .318 in the postseason), began to capture his success of the past, taking full advantage of the opportunity the Orioles gave him.
But before signing with the Orioles, he hadn't hit above .228 since the 2009 season. And he failed to live up to expectations after signing a three-year, $15.75 million contract after the 2008 season.
Also, you have to give executive vice president Dan Duquette credit for unearthing McLouth. Is there another McLouth looming for next season? If there is, you can bet Duquette will give him a chance.