The new year is just a couple of days away. Spring training is right around the corner. Before we know it, we'll be smiling at the mention of the words "pitchers and catcher report."
And as is typical of the new year, most of the offseason shopping has been completed by this point around Major League Baseball.
Big trades have been made, giant contracts have been signed and speculation is made about which acquisitions will work out and which ones will flop.
But there are still some players left on the open market. There's still opportunity to improve one's ballclub. And for Baltimore Orioles fans who have witnessed a train wreck of an offseason, those words may bring a bit of a relief.
We all know by now how the team shipped closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics to free up salary space, then lost out on starter Scott Feldman, left fielder Nate McLouth and second baseman Brian Roberts.
They agreed to terms with closer Grant Balfour, then backed out of the deal because they didn't like the results of his physical. They have yet to really improve their club this offseason, spare the additions of reliever Ryan Webb and left fielder David Lough.
Even though it's getting to be late in the offseason, the market remains open for a reason. Teams will pursue players, and deals will be made.
Here's an idea of some of the players you could see the O's being tied to going into the new year.