The Orioles are going into the offseason the same way they have in the past few years, trying to recover from the cellar of the AL East while the Yankees and Red Sox spend their way to success. The difference this year is that the O's will be led by a new general manager (TBD), who will look to take the team in a positive direction.
One of the things that contenders do is find low cost talent that can outperform their contract. While this is no easy feat, other teams in the division have proven it can be done, such as the Yankees turning Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon from minor league deals into solid starters, or the Rays putting together a magical bullpen and getting unbelievable production from Casey Kotchman at first base.
There have been a few bargain deals in Baltimore that have worked out in the past couple of years. Will Ohman and Corey Patterson both played their way onto the 2010 roster to make a small impact.
Here are a few players that the Orioles may want to target on minor league deals or cheap major league deals to be a better team in 2012.