Now that Nate McLouth has re-signed with the
(For the record, McLouth will get $50,000 each for reaching 300 and 350 plate appearances; $100,000 each for 400, 450, 500 and 500 plate appearances).
First, McLouth will get a chance to play a lot – potentially every day if he displays the same ability he did in his two months with the Orioles.
How much depends some on the health of
Frankly, they could play in the same lineup plenty, with McLouth playing a lot of left field – since he is the superior defender – and Reimold getting some time at DH. But Reimold and McLouth could spell
The other potential impact of the McLouth signing is how it affects the Orioles' plans this winter and specifically the rest of the winter meetings, which end Thursday.
Left field now looks to be filled. The club had made an offer to left-handed hitting
Because they have similar skills set, it’s not a stretch to think that the Orioles’ interest in Schierholtz is minimal now. The same is probably true for trading for a left fielder such as Arizona’s
The Orioles remain interested in a power bat that can play first base or DH. To that end,
The switch-hitter’s ability to get on base and overall consistency would be welcomed in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup, but he’s going to be expensive, especially given the recent hefty contracts signed by outfielders such as
Even though first base is a target area, the Orioles don’t seem to be interested in trading for Minnesota’s