On February 18th, the Baltimore Orioles signed Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year, $8 million deal. Baltimore GM Andy MacPhail has done a great job this off season. He has brought in Mark Reynolds, Derrek Lee and J.J. Hardy as well as others. Just skim through what they did:
Major League/International Signings
- Kevin Gregg, RP: two years, $10MM. Includes $6MM vesting option for 2013.
- Vladimir Guerrero, DH: one year, $8MM. $3MM of salary deferred without interest, paid 2016-17.
- Derrek Lee, 1B: one year, $7.25MM.
- Koji Uehara, RP: one year, $3MM. Includes vesting option for 2012.
- Cesar Izturis, SS: one year, $1.5MM.
- Jeremy Accardo, RP: one year, $1.08MM. Can be controlled for 2012 as an arbitration eligible player.
- Justin Duchscherer, SP: one year, $700K.
- Total spend: $31.53MM.
Notable Minor League Signings
- Mark Hendrickson, David Riske, Randy Winn, Josh Rupe, Nick Green, Nick Bierbrodt, Jeff Fiorentino, Ryan Drese
Trades and Claims
- Acquired 3B Mark Reynolds and a player to be named later or cash considerations from Diamondbacks for RP David Hernandez and RP Kam Mickolio
- Acquired SS J.J. Hardy, IF Brendan Harris, and $500K from Twins for RP Jim Hoeyand RP Brett Jacobson
- Claimed RP Adrian Rosario from Brewers in Rule 5 draft
- Ty Wigginton, Kevin Millwood, Matt Albers, David Hernandez, Kam Mickolio, Jim Hoey, Brett Jacobson, Corey Patterson, Cla Meredith, Julio Lugo, Scott Moore,Luis Montanez,
And here is why I do not particularly like the Guerrero signing:
First, there is now a bigger problem in left field than originally. Noland Reimold and Felix Pie were most likely going to battle it out for the job in left. With Reimold's terrible 2010 season, he will likely start the season back AAA unless we saw a huge spring training from him. So essentially, it was Pie's job for the taking, but I would say that Reimold still has a shot. But based on the fact that the Orioles have enough offense and I suppose could use more defense, it seemed likely that Pie would get the job.
Pie has a career 8 DRS, a 6.9 career UZR, and his career speed rating is 6.9 as well. The only major defensive statistic does badly in is