The Orioles put together a nice 2016 campaign before stumbling a bit towards the end of the season. They have a couple of key free agents that they will have to figure out if they are going to be part of their plan moving forward.
Trumbo led the big leagues in homers in 2016 and not many saw it coming heading into the season. He was always thought out to be a power threat but hopped from team to team and could never find a true home. He likely earned himself a sizable pay raise and it is likely that the Orioles will opt to move on from Trumbo.
Wieters started off the year with an injury but slowly worked his way back into form. With the catcher market a bit slim this offseason outside of Wilson Ramos, the Baltimore catcher could be a hot commodity for teams in search of a backstop. It looks like the Orioles may go with Caleb Joseph behind the plate unless they could get Wieters to stay for a bargain.
Alvarez was his normal self in 2016 as he showed the ability to hit for a power while striking out a ton. He is still a useful bat and could be looking for a team in need of a DH (hint hint Red Sox). He will not demand much money as he still has a lot to prove and if he can in fact stay healthy.
Steve Pearce (Signed by the Blue Jays)
Pearce is a swiss army knife per say as he can play just about anywhere on the field. He will give the Blue Jays a solid bat off the bench and could fill in if the injury bug attacks the team in 2017.
This guy was “Bourn to Run” as he can run down just about any ball in the outfield and steal a ton of bases. His production at the plate has taken a hit over the past couple of years and he is likely a bench piece for most teams around the league. He could prove to be a valuable signing for a team in need of some defensive bench help.
Hunter appeared in 33 games for the Orioles in 2016 pitching to the tune of 3.18. He still seems to have some gas left in the tank and could be a valuable piece in the bullpen to a team a bit slim in that department. He is not likely to get a ton of cash and could earn a Spring Training invitation if a team is not sold on his 2016 performance.
It seems like Reimold’s time as an effective big leaguer may be coming to an end unless he can prove himself again in Spring Training. It’s unlikely he will get a big league deal this offseason but crazier things have happened.
Brian Duensing (Signed by Chicago Cubs)
Duensing can be a solid lefty specialist out of the pen for the Cubs in 2017 as he posted a 4.05 ERA over 14 games in 2016. The Cubs are showing some faith in him signing him this early in the offseason so they are banking on the investment paying off.
Janish may ride off into the sunset in 2017 or he could get another opportunity as an utility guy. He hit just .194 in a very limited role in 2016.
Stubbs played for three different team in 2016 and still has plenty to offer as both a defender and offensive player. At this point he does not have the looks of an everyday player but he could still be a nice addition to a contending team in need of some bench depth.