Spring Training is right around the corner, and within a couple of weeks pitchers and catchers will be reporting to their respective teams to begin workouts as the 2013 season will soon be underway.
Although the season has not yet begun, it’s not too early to begin thinking about who will be leaving the team at the end of this season.
Here is a list of the current Orioles whose contracts expire at the end of the 2013 season. The major names are: Brian Roberts, Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Darren O’Day, Nate McLouth, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Jair Jurrjens (one-year contract), Luis Ayala, Nolan Reimold and Troy Patton among others.
It seems like a long list and some very important and influential names are included, so the front office will have a lot of work to do in order to re-sign some of these key, prominent players.
There is no doubt that the Birds will not be able to come to terms with all of these players; that’s not a reasonable assumption. Of course they will be losing players come the end of the season, but Dan Duquette and his front office have the tough task of deciding who they want to keep and who they can win without if they let them go.
Personally, I think there are players on this list who the Orioles cannot spare to lose. They are finally playing well as a team and it seems as if they are building a strong core of players, but if they are going to continue to grow and become a contender in the cutthroat AL East, there are some players they need to re-sign for years to come.
Check out my list of the possible four players the Orioles might be losing at the end of the 2013 season.