Sunday, December 31, 2006

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Well not too much news heading into the new year but there was one signing yesterday...

Baltimore continued to load up their roster by signing corner infielder/outfielder Aubrey Huff to a 3 year, $20 million contact. I believe this means that they won't be looking at trading Brian Roberts for Laroche anymore. This gives them great depth though, and it gives them another above average hitter who can play many different positions. Huff combined for a 106 OPS+ last year and has hig over 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons. He will give the Orioles many options because of his right handed bat and his ability to play 4 different positions along with DHing. So as previously discussed, the Orioles rebuilt their bullpen, and now they have added two offensive players (Huff + Payton) who can play multiple positions. They also haven't traded anyone of consequence except Chris Britton while doing this. I think that today, the Orioles are in a better position to contend in the AL East than the Blue Jays. Huff is the kind of guy, that the Jays should have taken a look at, he plays all the positions they needed backed up and didn't cost an excessive amount.

1 comment:

Charlie said...

Wow, I'm surprised that you think they're in a better position than the Jays. What's your reasoning behind that? The rosters aren't set yet because I don't believe the Jays are done making moves, but even looking at both their rosters I can't buy into the O's. Their bullpen albeit expensive looks inproved but bullpens are so hit or miss. Who knows if Bradford won't turn back into a pumpkin? Walker, Williamson are name guys but are they even going to be better than replacement level? Depends on how they use them I suppose. I don't think their hitters are better than the Jays and I'm not just using my rose colored Jays glasses. Mora's seems like he could be done anytime, Patterson was solid last year and seemed to just kill the Jays but what if he goes back to hitting .250? I know you could ask the same about some Jays but I don't know, I'm not worried about the O's much.