Going into the 2012-13 offseason, the Baltimore Orioles have a few items on their shopping list.
Priority No. 1: a big, middle-of-the-order bat.
The biggest name—and arguably the best all-around player available—on the free-agent market this season is outfielder Josh Hamilton. But Hamilton wants a long-term, $100 million-plus contract, and despite his incredible natural ability, he comes with some baggage, forcing many teams to look toward other options.
The Orioles have already been linked to Hamilton (naturally), but many are unsure of the O's true interest in the slugger due to his price tag and his past. However, the team is in dire need of a bat, and they may be desperate to make something happen.
As always, there are other options than the biggest name in the free-agent market, and for the O's, those options might be smarter for them than Hamilton.
Let's take a look at some of the players the O's could target as opposed to Hamilton.