The Baltimore Orioles don’t plan to make big changes to a roster that produced 93 wins and the franchise’s first postseason berth in 15 years.
The team has downplayed the chances it will sign an expensive superstar like Josh Hamilton, focusing instead on lower-cost veteran acquisitions.
The Orioles have interest in free-agent right-hander Brett Myers as a rotation upgrade, sources say. Myers pitched exclusively as a reliever in 2012 but was a starter in 66 of 67 games over the previous two seasons.
Apart from that, the Orioles would like to add an outfielder. That would allow Chris Davis, who finished this year in right field, to play first base or serve as the designated hitter. The Orioles have no shortage of options, with Nate McLouth (an Oriole this year), Cody Ross, Delmon Young, Scott Hairston, Xavier Nady and Ryan Sweeney among the free agents on their interest list.
Orioles general manager Dan Duquette seems confident that he won’t have to trade for an outfielder, because there are so many available via free agency.
— Jon Paul Morosi