The Baltimore Orioles want to bring in a veteran midfielder who can play a bit of defense. Here are three options they could consider, starting with short stops.
One of the few things we learned in our interview with Baltimore Orioles GM Mike Elias in Thursday night's interview revealed that the organization was planning to target starter pitchers and a midfielder. experienced and defensive terrain.
However, the Orioles are not going to send big checks in the near future, which means a new winter of shopping in the clearance bins, in order to find players good enough to get through the 2020 season.
We've described two potential free agent pitcher options that the Orioles might target in Trevor Cahill and Robbie Erlin and we have others on the way, but MASN's Roch Kubatko thinks $ 6 for Ivan Nova is too much, we may need to go further to find some. realistic pitching options for the Orioles.
Let's take a moment to look at the launch market and look at the options for the veteran mold, the first mid-ground defense that Mike Elias and the Orioles plan to add this winter.
With the future of Jonathan Villar in the air, it seems that the Orioles are looking to be replaced, just in case. It also probably means that Elias plans to let Richie Martin start the season in the minor leagues to continue his development. Baltimore struggled to defend itself last season and having a reliable glove behind this pitching team could be of great help.
We will look at the second base options on Monday, but here are three potential free agent targets with a short stop.
Jose Iglesias – 30 years old
Jose Iglesias will not instantly make any team a competitor, surely not Baltimore Orioles, but there is a lot to like in the eight-year veteran and former All-Star, including his defensive abilities. ;elite.
Iglesias played 146 career games with the Cincinnati Reds, beating 0.28 / 0.318 / 0.407 with 11 homers (vs. 6 previously), 21 doubles and 59 RBIs. He clearly benefited from baseball 2019 but, overall, his offensive value was similar to what he built year after year in the major leagues (wRC + of 84).
It may be a big hitter in the league below average that does not work (market rate of 3.8% in 2019, 5.5% of the career high), but it also hits rarely. In 802 games, Iglesias has a career failure rate of 12%. Of the nine Orioles players who played in at least 100 games, only Hanser Alberto (9.1%) had an exit rate of less than 20.9% last season.
Defensively, Iglesias made only nine errors in over 1,169 innings, registering a record eight career defensive innings and a respectable score of 5.9 in the Ultimate Zone. These figures ranked respectively in 9th and 7th place among all qualified stopovers in 2019.
In comparison, Richie Martin was worth 8 registered defensive points and -4.2 UZR, while Jonathan Villar was worth 0 DRS and -1.4 UZR.
Having two guys who keep the ball on the ground and produce some of the weaker contacts in Iglesias and Alberto's major leagues would not be ideal, but it's hard not to wear the Iglesias glove. He signed a contract with the Reds last February before last season. It could possibly be signed for the same type of agreement, with incentives that could enable it to reach its mark of $ 2.5 million in 2019.