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Orioles have interest in free agent Casey Kotchman

Jan 29, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles “have discussed” the idea of making a run at free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman.

It’s not clear whether those talks were all internal or whether there’s been direct contact with Kotchman’s representatives. But it does seem like a decent fit.

Kotchman is an elite defensive first baseman and registered a solid .306/.378/.422 batting line in 563 plate appearances last season for the Rays. Signing him would allow Baltimore to make Chris Davis the primary designated hitter while also pushing Wilson Betemit to a utility role. The Indians have also been linked recently to Kotchman.

  1. fellspointbird - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    So much drama with the OBP

  2. jeb7524 - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    The O’s should be interested in anybody.

  3. randomdigits - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    His line isn’t that solid once you factor in his BABIP.

    Last season was a clear outlier.

  4. flpunx - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I’m still really bummed the Rays didn’t even talk to him this off season.

    Local boy and all, I thought he was a great addition to the team last year. The O’s would be getting a great glove at first, and a serious RBI threat anytime he came up with a baserunner.

    • catondan - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      48 rbi last year as the every day 1b -not a serious threat in my book. If Os played him at 1b, then they would not know what kind of hitter Chris Davis can be. Davis should be playing every day at a position; he is only 25.

      • flpunx - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        I said anyone on base. 48 rbis is misleading considering he was hitting at the bottom of the order behind I’ll swing and miss at anything Upton. Kotch was a rare threat to reach base every single at bat, something the Rays did not have a lot of last year. On a team that lacked offense all around, 48 rbis isn’t a bad number. As an everyday first baseman he could have had bigger numbers, but I was very happy with the job he did at the plate after seeing Pena leave. I’m happy Pena is back from a clubhouse perspective, but from a fan perspective he can be very tough to watch in the batters box.

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