Orioles: Free agent letdown
The free agent market has been open for almost 12 hours and the Orioles still haven't signed John Lackey. What's the deal?
I'm just reinforcing the point that we wait breathlessly for the opening of the free agent market and then sit back and wait another month or two for something to happen. Of course, that didn't keep ESPN from trotting out baseball analyst (and former Sun reporter) Tim Kurkjian on SportsCenter right after midnight last night to kick off this year's free agent frenzy.
Obviously, the Orioles aren't in on Lackey, but they'll be in a lot of rumors. They'll be used by some teams and they'll have a legitimate shot at some medium guys if they really want to sign one or two of them.
I'll be interested to see if they are aggressive with some of those comeback pitchers like Erik Bedard. That's where a team could catch lightning in a bottle and be much more competitive than they might appear on paper. But it'll be awhile before we have a real clue.
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