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A third option for the Orioles at first base

Dec 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Troy Glaus third base

The Orioles have a three-year $21 million offer on the table to Adam LaRoche. For reasons that remain unclear, he has not jumped at it yet.  Realizing that maybe going three-years on LaRoche isn’t the best idea, they have reportedly contacted Derrek Lee, who may be amenable to a one-year deal.  Makes sense.

Know what else makes sense? Buster Olney’s fun idea:

The Orioles have also been talking with Derrek Lee, for a deal somewhere in the range of $8 million. If that feels too pricey, here’s an imperfect and much cheaper alternative — but a combination that could result in good production. The Orioles could consider a platoon of sluggers at first base: Troy Glaus from the right side, and Russell Branyan or Jason Giambi from the left side.

Such a thing could be a potential nightmare for roster management because you’d still need to have someone who can cover first base defensively. And because none of those guys could just slot into the DH position with Luke Scott hanging around. And because, you know, they’re all old and potentially fragile.

But the general idea — don’t get locked into Adam LaRoche and try to be creative — is a worthy one.  How about Vlad Guerrero at DH and Scott at first base like Roch Kubatko suggested yesterday?  There have to be better options than offering LaRoche three years. And having to wait around for him to accept it.

  1. Kevin S. - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Seriously, what is with Adam LaRoche and his delusions of grandeur? You’d think he’d have learned his lesson after last offseason, but noooo.

  2. Panda Claus - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    The idea of Vladdy at DH and Scott at 1B sits alright with me. However, Guerrero is one of the many free agents that have spurned Baltimore in the past (along with Konerko and LaRoche, this year and before).

    The Orioles primary offseason goal was to bring in more offense. That’s why I’m not keen other options like Giambi, Kotsay and Branyan. Those guys aren’t going to scare too many opposing pitchers.

    Lee and Glaus would be my preferred choices, followed by the Guerrero/Scott option. Cantu would probably be the “if nothing else works” 4th option. Settling is what gave us Garrett Atkins in 2010 and that’s something O’s fans don’t want to relive. Now these alternatives all assume the LaRoche boat has sailed away yet again, but deadlines do strange things to some people.

  3. ravensos - Dec 22, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    bring me Vlad!

  4. bigdogpappad - Dec 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Bring on Casey Kotchman at First – one error in the last 2 1/2 years and a career .270 hitter with 15 HR. Yeah yeah I know, won’t scare anybody at the plate but he makes the infield defense so much better – hits for doubles and brings a left handed bat into the 6 or 7 hole in the lineup. He’s on the cheap after getting screwed in that mess up in Seattle last year.

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