4 Orioles Players Who Have Played Their Final Game in Baltimore
Every year, players come and go. This year will be no different for the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles were rather stagnant last offseason after making their first playoff appearance in 15 years. After failing to make the postseason this year, their offseason activity level may rise regardless of their activity during the regular season.
Whether this means the Orioles will focus on signing, cutting or trading players is yet to be seen. However, one thing is certain: Some players won't be back in Baltimore next season.
Here are four players who have probably played their last game in an Orioles uniform.
1. Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez never really settled in with the Birds.
After routinely pitching in late-game, pressure situations throughout his career, K-Rod rarely pitched later than the seventh inning in Baltimore.
That role change was probably partially responsible for Rodriguez's struggles with the O's. In 23 games this season with the O's, K-Rod registered a 4.50 ERA. In 25 games with the Brewers prior to his arrival, he had a 1.09 ERA.
Now a free agent, Rodriguez will likely sign with a team looking for a pitcher to pitch in a more pressurized role. The Orioles, who already have Jim Johnson, have no need for a closer.
According to Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore, the Orioles will not re-sign K-Rod.
2. Michael Morse
Michael Morse's tenure in Baltimore can be seen as nothing but unimpressive and easily forgettable.
Three singles in 29 at-bats, as well as offseason surgery, is not how you earn a second shot with a team as a power hitter.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Orioles aren't very interested in bringing back Morse, and that shouldn't be surprising to anyone.
3. Jason Hammel
However, even after racking up seven wins by the end of May, Hammel's 2013 performance was likely unimpressive enough to dissuade the Orioles from bringing him back in 2014.
In 26 games and 23 starts, Hammel pitched to an 7-8 record and 4.97 ERA.
Kubatko believes we've probably seen the last of Hammel in Baltimore.
4. Nate McLouth
This one will probably hurt more than the rest, but if Nate McLouth can get as much in the free-agent market as projected, Kubatko thinks his return to Baltimore is unlikely.
McLouth, who is a fan favorite and the inspiration of multiple Orioles t-shirt giveaways, started the 2013 season on fire, hitting .346 in April and racking up 17 steals in the first two months of the season. However, he cooled off considerably as the season wore on, only finishing the season with 30 steals and a .258 average.
The O's will likely attempt to keep Nate the Great. However, if MLB Trade Rumors' projected contract value of $10 million over two years for McLouth happens to be realistic, the team will probably live with Henry Urrutia in left field come Opening Day 2014.
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