Wednesday, February 27, 2008

MLB Previews: Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles Last season: 69-93, .426 4th place, AL East, 27 games back. 2008 Outlook: This is a team devoid of a big bat or quality starting pitching thanks to years of mismanagement. Their best players are outfielder Nick Markakis, 3rd baseman Melvin Mora and 2nd baseman Brian Roberts. After that, the talent level is sketchy with players like Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar and Jay Payton filling out the lineup card. Finishing above .500 would be a major accomplishment for this team that has long ago ceded away the AL East to Boston and New York. Biggest Changes: Miguel Tejada was traded to Houston in December. He was their big bat and he's gone as are the talented arm of Eric Bedard. Rookie/Free Agent Prospects: The only solid prospect is Adam Jones, who did a couple of stints with the Mariners and still has rookie status. Best fantasy bets: Maybe Roberts, for speed, but there really isn't much here. Three Excellent Links: Oriole Park at Camden Yards - photos, facts, history Frank Robinson Orioles Team Page at SI Next: Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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