Orioles Sign Delmon Young; Interested in Jack Cust, Mark ReynoldsPosted on January 13, 2014 by Ethan Felderstein
As mini-camp begins this week, the Orioles appear to be digging for some free agents. The Orioles have signed OF Delmon Young and have interest in two others. From MLBTradeRumors.com:
"The Orioles have some interest in adding both Delmon Young and Jack Cust on minor league deals, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Each player will be at the Orioles' minicamp tomorrow to see if there's a potential fit on a non-roster deal, according to [MASN’s Roch] Kubatko. Baltimore also has some interest in a reunion with Mark Reynolds, though nothing is hot on that front for now, according to Kubatko."
Do some of these deals make sense? Sure. But these aren't exactly the deals you won't to see the Orioles' front office to focus on as the team prepares to kick off Spring Training in a month.
Looking at these certain players, Young would appear to make the most sense. He would be a slight upgrade over their current option(s) at designated hitter, which would appear to be either Nolan Reimold or Steve Pearce. He hit .260/.307/.407 with 11 homers in 361 plate appearances for the Phillies and Rays in 2013. Young received a minor league contract with a Spring Training invite.
Mark Reynolds would fit in a similar role as Young, filling in as a designated hitter. The Orioles' interest, or lack thereof, most likely hinders on Reynolds' high tendency to strikeout. Reynolds played with the Orioles for two years and hit 221/.328/.458 with 60 homers.
Jack Cust wouldn't seem to be a player that the Orioles would like to have on their Opening Day roster. Not having played since 2011, Cust peaked from 2007-2010 with the Oakland Athletics where he hit .247/.381/.457 with an average of 24 home runs per season. He turns 35 this week.