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January 4, 2010

Connolly: Three teams talking to Mora

Here's an Orioles update from Dan Connolly:

Melvin Mora’s 10-season stint with the Orioles is over, but it’s still not known what is next for the 37-year-old third baseman.

Mora’s agent, Eric Goldschmidt, said Monday that “three teams have a fair amount of interest in Melvin. It’s a matter of balancing playing time with the competitive nature of the club and salary.”

Goldschmidt wouldn’t specify the teams involved, but two are in the National League and one in the AL. The Colorado Rockies reportedly were interested in December.

None of the teams that have expressed interested is in the AL East or NL East, which is where Mora originally had hoped to land so he could stay close to his wife and kids in Bel Air.

Goldschmidt said region isn’t as important to Mora as playing time or going to a contender. Basically, Mora is in a holding pattern because he wants to see where he’ll get the best opportunity to play. And with so many free agents still available, many rosters aren’t set yet.

“He wants to be on a good team but he also wants to contribute on that team,” Goldschmidt said. “He doesn’t have to play every day. He knows he probably won’t play every day. But he wants a complimentary type of role.”

So it’s a waiting game, one that could drag on throughout this month.

“There has to be a good balance, to be in a pennant race and maybe give him 300-something at-bats,” his agent said. “And that’s what I am trying to find.”

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 5:30 PM | | Comments (34)
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Suddenly, Melvin's satisfied with being a part-time player...

Sounds like Melvin had a few pieces of humble pie over the holidays...

Happy New Year to all my fellow Bird Lovers... Let's Go O's!

It's a shame Mora wasn't so receptive to change while he was in Baltimore. Or else I would've had no problem at all with the guy. I can't hold his decline against him, but his attitude sucked. And now that he needs a job all of a sudden he'll take on the utility role. I almost want to call him a douchebag.

Dave, you are spot on in terms of him accepting a lesser role. I would've liked to seen Melvin (I am a huge fan of his) come back, but I wont ever take anything away from him because he turned himself into a hell of a third baseman and was the most active Oriole in the community.

I wish him the best, but he's only going to get limited time unless there is an injury.

Curious if anyone here thinks that Millar or Huff will find trouble making a team this year? I think Huff will find a taker, but I think Millar might be done. If his career is over, I would love the O's to get him in the booth because I would love to hear what he has to say.

When I worked in Belair I had the pleasure of meeting Melvin on several occasions. When his career is over I hope the Orioles can find a place for him in the organization.

hmmmm Atkins or Mora.....

Pathetic!

Why does this matter? Can you write a blog that has something (ANYTHING) to do with the Orioles possibly winning more games than they lose?

Seriously!

This does not compute: Mora wants to be close to his family but playing time is an important factor in determining where he will go.

This does sound like Melvin to me.

I hope some day he figures things out.

Folks,

Its the same with all these guys on the downward side of their careers (see Johnny Damon this year). They think if they were paid $8M a year last year by their current team, the least the current team can do is pay them the same amount dispite their lack of production. Damon and his juice carried him to one of highest HR seasons, Mora on the other hand was moody, not a team player or the leader you would want to influence a young team and his numbers slipped terribly!
So we wish Melvin well, he was a nice toss in on the mid-season Bordick trade in which we got Bordick back at the end of the year anyway! He produced well for most of his tenure, but just wore out his welcome!

All i know is that the Orioles still need someone at 3rd and the sox locked up the best guy out there...

It’s funny that a lot of people want to throw Mora under the bus for last year even though he was coming off injury and was a good solider in the past. Lets see how Atkins does this season… we might just miss Mora especially that defense.

Complementary role -- not complimentary role.

Anyone who is satisfied with Mora at 3rd needs to raise their expectations. Decent hitting numbers but a terrible fielder and an inconsistent arm. I don't know about his influence on other players because I'm not there but apparently some of these posters here have inside info. The Orioles are just a really bad organization and a perennial loser. Baseball has killed itself for anyone but the die hard fan. We will NEVER be competitive in the East and I'm sorry but I can't root for losers. I know, I know, I'm not a real fan.

I used to be.

Suuuuuuurrre, there are 3 teams interested in Mora. That's why it's January and Melvin's still looking for a job? I guess he is making sure that it is the "right fit" for him. Tony P in AZ hit it right on the head--Melvin is being told by every other team in MLB that he is not an every day player anymore. If you can't be that guy with the Orioles, then you sure aren't going to be that guy anywhere else! Best of luck to you though Melvin--you put up with an awful lot in your time here in Baltimore and we'll miss you.

If you can't play full-time for a team that is 64-98, what makes you think you can play for a team that is 98-64?

I really don't know what some of the posters here have been watching over the past several seasons, but Mora played a good hot corner in his tenure with the O's. He probably had 2 bad offensive seasons (last year being one of them) and fans here are ungrateful enough to say he's gotta go. A lot of fans even thought Wigginton should be the full time 3B at one point last season, which was a ridiculous idea!

I hope Mora finds a team that will appreciate his defensive talents and a fan base that will be more appreciative than the one we've got here in Baltimore. Many of us O's fans will truly miss his skills at 3B this season and wish him the best of luck with whichever team he lands with.

easywriter01,

Given Mora's need to be shown respect, he may truly want a "complimentary" type of role!

@J -- how about his sulking attitude? Is that something we should be applauding Mora for too? This is one of those times that both sides need to walk away from each other. Melvin had been a very good Oriole but it appeared that he had had enough of the losing around here. I wish him well -- somewhere else.

Oh for crying out loud, Melvin Mora wasn't that bad or that good. He was an average player who had a better than average tenure on a below average team.

His replacement may be worse given The Warehouse's entry in The World Dawdling Championships, but let's not wax nostalgic over him. If the Orioles were a better team, he would have been an opponent.

Advice to Melvin: If you see an offer actually on the table, sign it! You can read it later.

Mora used to play every position other than battery, walked, bunted, got hit by pitches, was good defensivelly anywhere, good arm, ran well. Then he moved to 3B & much of his game went downhill. Granted, he's gotten older, but I think this guy needed a wake-up call. Why the club didn't ask him to play around the diamond is beyond me. Shoot, he could anyone's Tony Philips this year. Better as a super-sub, & helps to keep him on his toes.

It' great to know that Mel's in such a strong bargaining position according to his agent. Mores realistically, he'll probably wind up as a non-roster invitee for Kansas City, the Cubbies, or San Diego. He could wind up in the Independent League. Playing 10 consecutive losing seasons doesn't make his agent's job any easier. I'll miss him.

I won't miss Mora and no one else should either. Sure, he had a few good years but that was in the past. He's outlived his usefulness and if he catches on elsewhere I can't see it being in a starting role.
At this stage, he's a reserve or platoon player and likely on a 2nd tier team at that. Maybe he catches a break and joins Baez in Philly.

Lefty Fields,
I see what you mean. He just wants to sit on the bench and pay everyone compliments. Gee, that was a nice play. Wow, your hair looks great today. Man, your wife is really good in bed. Etc. Etc.

OK....... I can't just sit by and read so much pure crappola without responding.

To begin with, what was wrong with Melvin's attitude?
In this world, if you don't stand up for yourself, nobody else will.

No one spends 10 years with the same organization because their attitude "sucks". Get a clue, will ya ?

As for his fielding, he was an excellent third-baseman.
He was also an excellent shortstop and an excellent outfielder.
Please do not reply to these claims with numbers such as fielding percentages and amount of chances, etc.
If you've watched Mora play these positions, you don't need to consult the numbers to know how well he handled the glove and how well he threw.

Finally, here's a guy who loves the city, is a decent family-oriented man, a terrific athlete, and a Baltimore Oriole in his heart.
Never mind deciding between him and Garrett Atkins.
How about Melvin or Ty Wigginton?
If it was my choice to make, I'd bestow the Orange and Black on Mora for life.
If the Orioles have any sense of family and loyalty, they would, too.

OK....... I can't just sit by and read so much pure crappola without responding.

To begin with, what was wrong with Melvin's attitude?
In this world, if you don't stand up for yourself, nobody else will.

No one spends 10 years with the same organization because their attitude "sucks". Get a clue, will ya ?

As for his fielding, he was an excellent third-baseman.
He was also an excellent shortstop and an excellent outfielder.
Please do not reply to these claims with numbers such as fielding percentages and amount of chances, etc.
If you've watched Mora play these positions, you don't need to consult the numbers to know how well he handled the glove and how well he threw.

Finally, here's a guy who loves the city, is a decent family-oriented man, a terrific athlete, and a Baltimore Oriole in his heart.
Never mind deciding between him and Garrett Atkins.
How about Melvin or Ty Wigginton?
If it was my choice to make, I'd bestow the Orange and Black on Mora for life.
If the Orioles have any sense of family and loyalty, they will, too.

Bear, Bear, Bear. If you don't know about his attitude, you haven't been paying attention. One spring training he arrived and actually smiled. It was headlines for a week -- the new Melvin Mora. (Actually, it was the temporarily new Melvin Mora..)

Personally, I don't give too many hoots about his attitude or lack thereof. Then again, I don't give too many hoots about him being a fine family man. It's a nice sideline but I do believe we are talking about the Orioles perhaps someday winning again.

Well, maybe you're not.

But don't worry. I won't bore you with statistics or anything resembling facts. You found two excellent years out of ten while watching any trade value he might have had wither on the vine acceptable. More than acceptable, even. An Oriole for life, no less.

And I certainly won't compare Mora to anybody better. That makes him the best by default, doesn't it?

I will smirk at the irony of you saying, "In this world, if you don't stand up for yourself, nobody else will."

That was rich.

Hes too good now for the O's. Thats why he quit

bobv,

Melvin Mora could very well end up in the Independent League. It has become a way station for players on their way down or those trying to get back to the Major Leagues after serious injury, or those just outright released.

The calibre of play is probably close to AAA or even better as the vast majority of the players are ex major or minor league.

Jay Gibbons and Juan Gonzalez just to name a few have tried to jump start their careers in the league.

If Mora is not signed, he may well choose to keep active by playing close to home in York

Some summer day when you, or anyone on the board are not too busy, take a drive up Rt. 83 to the new Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, home of the York Revolution. The tickets are cheap, and the calibre of play, and many of the names of the players on the field will surprise you. George Sherrill pitched in the League for a couple years.

If you love baseball, you will find it a very satisfying experience.

It is hard looking at players wanting to play beyond when they should. Melvin should play with his kids and scout for the Orioles maybe in Venezuela.

Why wouldn't the Mets want to get Melvin Mora?? I think he would fit in perfect with what they need in their infield for a low salary and only a 1-2 year obligation. He could play 2B a majority of the time (platoon him with L.Castillo) and he would also be insurance for D. Wright and/or Jose Reyes injury. The Mets really should try to trade Castillo just to get rid of him. I also know Mora would love to play for the Mets, they fit everything that he is looking for in a team (east coast, contending team, and playing time) Just my 2 cents, though a contending team maybe pushing it.

Why wouldn't the Mets want to get Melvin Mora?? I think he would fit in perfect with what they need in their infield for a low salary and only a 1-2 year obligation. He could play 2B a majority of the time (platoon him with L.Castillo) and he would also be insurance for D. Wright and/or Jose Reyes injury. The Mets really should try to trade Castillo just to get rid of him. I also know Mora would love to play for the Mets, they fit everything that he is looking for in a team (east coast, contending team, and playing time) Just my 2 cents, though a contending team maybe pushing it.

Why wouldn't the Mets want to get Melvin Mora?? I think he would fit in perfect with what they need in their infield for a low salary and only a 1-2 year obligation. He could play 2B a majority of the time (platoon him with L.Castillo) and he would also be insurance for D. Wright and/or Jose Reyes injury. The Mets really should try to trade Castillo just to get rid of him. I also know Mora would love to play for the Mets, they fit everything that he is looking for in a team (east coast, contending team, and playing time) Just my 2 cents, though a contending team maybe pushing it.

It's great that Melvin has hope. But when are the Orioles going to replace him? We're supposed to be satisfied with Garrett Atkins?

waspman, waspman, waspman.....
Save the unfunny rhetoric for the ladies you let stand around your seat on the bus.
You have about as much of a clue about the attitude of Melvin Mora as most of us do. No more. No less. You read the same newspapers and watch the same telecasts.
The fact is, no one remains on the same team or even in the same organization for 10 years with a bad attitude.... period. It doesn't happen.

Another fact is... I DO pay attention.
And I have an elephant's memory.
The thing is, I don't buy it all.
I strongly suggest you learn to glean the crapola from the shinola when you listen to media people make an ongoing, year-long epic out of a 30-second incident.
THEN and ONLY THEN might you have something substantial to offer this blog.

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