Most Baltimore Orioles fans probably know all about Delmon Young by now as their favorite team has signed the DH possibility to deal that we will see shake out during spring training. The cost wasn’t all that great and truth be told the reward could be fairly good considering the low risk taken in the signing of Young. He has bounced around a little bit but still could well provide at least part of the answer for the O’s at DH.
He will not answer their needs however. I can prove that he will not fill their need without having to quote one single stat. Sure we could talk about his run production or the WAR stat or any type of sabermetrics things that would point one way or the other. That won’t be necessary though. Proving that he will not fill the Orioles need doesn’t require any of that. All we have to look at is one key component he is missing. Young is not a starting pitcher.
There we go. The very fact that Young is not a pitcher is why he doesn’t fill their needs. Sure they now have an 11th option in the outfield or something and he could potentially DH for them but they still do not have their starting rotation filled out. To put it in simple terms, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in less than a month and as of now the Orioles do not have enough.
With luck they will be able to wait for the Masahiro Tanaka deal to fall and then see what happens to the market afterwards and sign someone. Paul Maholm, Bronson Arroyo and several others around that level would be perfect additions for a fairly decent amount of money. Perhaps the O’s will consider themselves stocked full of offensive options for 2014 and focus on loading up that starting staff for some healthy competition in a few weeks? It could happen.