Written by Michael Williams
Dan Duquette called Mark Reynolds a hard worker who was decent at first base. Projected him at 12 to 14 million if arbitrated and that was not in the Orioles budget.
"We are making progress. We want to sign another outfielder by the end of the week and we're hopeful that we can get something done with a couple of the people we've talked to. Right now we are more focused on trying to find a hitter for our club and most of our efforts the next few days will be towards that. We are going to look to add another bat to the lineup and there is a possibility that bat could be at first base. Or if we added another outfielder, some of the people we currently have on the roster could see time at first base but I think we have to give that a little bit more time and see what the composition of the team is before we decide what we are going to do. We do have [B]Steve Pearce[/B] who can play first base capably, so that is a starting point and we have to let the rest of the offseason play out because I'm confident we can add some other players. We're encouraged because we've got a lot of interest in our young pitching from other teams in the industry and that just validates what we thought, that we have some good young pitchers on our staff and some that are on the horizon, breaking into the big leagues in Bundy and Gausman. There is a lot of interest in those young pitchers."
Nate McLouth signs for one year, 2 million dollars. Plate appearance bonuses can add another half a million.
Duquette signed Firstbaseman/Outfielder Conor Jackson to a minor league contract. Jackson's First round pick-AllStar type career was derailed by Valley Fever.
The Orioles selected left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland from the Indians' Triple-A Columbus affiliate in Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft.
McFarland was selected 23rd in the Rule 5 Draft and was the Tribe's fourth-round pick out of Amos Alonso Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Ill., in the fourth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds, McFarland went 8-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 17 starts at Columbus, allowing 55 earned runs on 112 hits and 33 walks in 102 2/3 innings pitched.
"He's a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher that pitched last year for Cleveland at Double-A and Triple-A. He has a knack for winning games, he won eight games at both stops. He won 16 games on the year and he was a high draft pick out of high school and he has made steady progress each year of his development, which we really like. He pitched very well the last month of the season and he pitched a fine game against our Norfolk team where he beat our ballclub down there. He's got a good sinker, he keeps the ball, he's got a good changeup. His velocity is good. It was very strong in 2011 and it was good this past season. He throws strikes in the bottom of the strike zone and we like him as a qualified major leaguer."
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