DALLAS - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed to MASN this morning that he's interested in free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. However, he warns fans not to get their hopes up.
The Orioles won't get in a bidding war for Fielder, but the market may be softening for the slugger, which would allow teams on the peripheral to become involved. That includes the Orioles and Mariners.
Duquette doesn't know where the market is going for Fielder, but he's paying close attention.
DALLAS - Just to keep the rumor mill from spinning completely out of control, I'll try to slow it a little by passing along confirmation that the Orioles aren't interested in Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
The Cubs reportedly are trying to convince the Orioles to take Soriano and are willing to absorb most of the $54 million he's owed.
I'm told that the Orioles will pass on that offer.
Keep in mind that the Cubs approached the Orioles. I never heard that the Orioles initiated talks.
PS it must all be taken with a grain of salt as the thread started "From Roch"You got that right
As long as he isn't blocking anyone from coming up and we don't have anyone better then why not?"Why not?", you ask? Here's why not. For one, he's 35. Two, he has hit under .250 in two of the last three seasons. Three, his fielding percentage over the last three seasons is terrible. Four, he had a .289 OBP last season, a .323 in 2010 and a .303 in 2009. Five, his speed is gone and hasn't stole 10 bases in four years. His slugging has remained decent, but we already have Mark Reynolds. I'm so sick of signing guys who are on the decline like this.
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Vlad led the team in BA and Soriano would have been in the top 5 hitters on our team. So I don't really see your point. People pooped on Vlad last year but he stayed healthy and hit a consistant 290 all year.Yeah, you keep saying that, but in 145 games, his average was at or above .290 in only 30 games. It's not true no matter how many times you say it. He only finished with an average that high due to a great September. He was in the .270-.280 range most of the year.