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Tyler Colvin has a “good chance” to end up with the Orioles after all

Feb 17, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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The Orioles backed out of a major league contract with outfielder Tyler Colvin last month after concerns about his back emerged during a pre-signing physical, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears that there’s a “good chance” that the two sides end up agreeing to a deal after all.

After the Orioles nixed the deal with Colvin, it was reported that they were still willing to sign him to a minor league contract. His market has apparently suffered enough damage where he’s now willing to take them up on their offer.

Colvin, 28, spent most of last season in Triple-A and hit .160/.192/.280 with three homers in 27 games with the Rockies. Coming off a year like that, it’s surprising that a major league deal was on the table in the first place.

  1. tuberippin - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Oh, gee. So the O’s suddenly have all this payroll room.

    This is the worst off-season plan I’ve seen in quite some time. Let almost all of the quality free agents sign elsewhere, and then swoop in a month before all players report to spring training and sign yourselves a bunch of guys who were limited by draft-pick compensation and/or various other issues (consistency, home-run proneness, volatility, positional limitations).

    Baltimore might ultimately end up being a better team than last year if they sign a few more of the FAs available, but that wouldn’t take away from this off-season being absolutely bungled by Angelos, Duquette and Co. at a time when the core of your offense is collectively in its prime save for one player.

  2. garypagetwo - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    SOURCE: from the guy standing next to me in the bathroom in mid stream . Brewers 3 years 40 mil

  3. rockthered1286 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    Well it’s just raining questionable contracts all over BirdLand now!!

  4. bankboy2012 - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Doesn’t he still have to take a physical, or is that different with minor league contracts? I can’t imagine any significant change in the condition of his back good or bad between him failing the first physical and passing one now.

    And shouldn’t the fact they’re willing to offer him even a minor league contract at this point be an admission that the first physical was complete BS?

    • randomdigits - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      He took the physical already. I see no reason why even the O’s would require him to take another physical a few weeks later for a minor league deal.

      For the record, they were willing to offer him a MiLB deal immediately after he failed the physical. There is a lot less risk for a team with a minor league deal.

    • nathanbarnabusgrube - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Well when people say he “failed” his physical it just means that the Orioles saw something that made them not want to commit to a Major League Deal. They are willing to make a minor league deal because it is low risk.

  5. yordo - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Colvin has no dignity. I like him.

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