Orioles: Catching up
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is in Florida for a few days of R&R, so there probably won't be much going on until after New Years Day, but I'm pretty sure he'll still be trading phone calls with the representatives of some of the remaining free agents.
Here's some info from relentless Baltimore Sun baseball writer Jeff Zrebiec, who managed to turn over some rocks while he was enjoying the holidays with his family in New Jersey:
Former Oriole Gregg Zaun remains the free-agent catcher most likely to end up in the Orioles lineup on Opening Day, but there have been conversations with agent Scott Boras about veteran Ivan Rodriguez (left). Whether he would be a good fit to mentor Matt Wieters and eventually step aside for the O's top minor league prospect has been a subject of some discussion in the O's front office.
My take: It strikes me as a better fit for the pitching staff, which is no small consideration, but I still doubt IRod ends up here. Unless the player development people secretly believe Wieters is farther away than they are saying, it would be bound to create an uncomfortable situation at some point in the season.
That doesn't mean I'm strongly opposed to the idea. The guy is a 14-time All-Star and a near-certain Hall of Famer, but he's not a great offensive player anymore.