O's: Getting to first base and more
Orioles beat writer Jeff Zrebiec was nice enough to spoon-feed me a couple of things today, so I'll pass them along to you. The Orioles remain interested in Ty Wigginton (right) as a possible option at first base, but he apparently is holding out for a multi-year deal and the club does not want to lock into more than one season. Still, he seems like the most logical free-agent option because he can also play other positions, so don't rule him out just yet.
There are other veteran free agent possibilities. The Orioles dallied with the agent for Richie Sexson, but Sexson no longer appears to be in serious consideration. Nomar Garciaparra also is out there, but the O's might be uneasy with his injury history.
And, while we're on the subject, keep in mind the team really would rather have somebody who can play somewhere else, too, since Aubrey Huff figures to get significant playing time at first.
The O's signed another player to a minor league contract. He's an outfielder named Justin Christian and he appeared in 24 games with the Yankees last year before being non-tendered. He had 40 at-bats and batted .250 with seven stolen bases in eight attempts. Sounds like he'll fit right in at Norfolk.
The O's did finalize that two-year contract with Koji Uehara, which means that he got through his physical without any of his limbs falling off. That reminds me of a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail but I'll leave that to your imagination. Either you saw it or you didn't, and if you didn't I wouldn't be able to do it justice.
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