Jan 26, 2010, 12:06PM

With Miguel Tejada secured, the position players are set

The Orioles -- 2010.

Now that the Orioles have agreed to a one year deal to bring back Miguel Tejada, the position players appear to be set for the upcoming season. While it is hard to despise the Orioles offseason so far I will say I am not as impressed as some. Targetting Garrett Atkins to be your first baseman seems almost laughable, especially when you consider that better players could have been had for comparable money (Adam Laroche signed a one year deal worth 5 million, and Troy Glaus a deal worth only 2 million).  Atkins is coming off the worst season of his career by far, continuing a downward trend that began in 2007 (Atkins OPS the last 4 years: .965, .853, .780, .650). Signing a very questionable bat to what appears to be an overpriced contract to play first base does not seem logical. To me, it would seem like Atkins could rebound to the point of having an average bat at third, but when he moves across the diamond he has to hit a lot more to be an average first baseman. I was indifferent on the move when I thought Atkins was going to be the third baseman, now I hate it. Hopefully they saw something they can fix easily and I will be eating these words once the season is underway. I just think that it is very likely he is an absolute disaster.

  • Atkins is a pile of crap and don't forget he's going from the N.L. to the A.L. East. But I think you're too pessimistic. If Millwood eats innings, saving the pen, that's a plus. And Jones and Wieters will have great years, I bet, as well as two of three hot young pitchers. If the Jays are lousy, the O's might actually escape the cellar, and that's progress.

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