I know its still early in the offseason and we haven't gotten to the winter meetings yet but some of the offseason moves have me worried about the Orioles 2014 baseball season. The Jim Johnson trade along with Nate McClouth and Scott Feldman aka Mr. Slow windup, should raise concern. In my opinion, the Orioles number one need is a true starting pitcher. We need a guy in the rotation that can go 6 to 7 innings a game. Right now, besides Chris Tillman, it feels like out starting rotation is only good for 5 1/3 innings,then its on to the bullpen. If we can get one proven starter, that would make a huge difference. Unlike most Orioles fans, I agree with the Jim Johnson even though it feels we didn't get much in return. The money we would have paid Jim Johnson will be better used to fill needed holes. Besides a quality starter we still need a left fielder, DH, and who knows whats going on a 2nd base. O'Day, Brian Matusz, or even Tommy Hunter can fulfill the closer role for much less than what Jim Johnson costs.
While it feels like free agents are flying off the shelf, I believe most of these players are way over paid. The A-Rod, Albert Pujols, Carl Crawford, Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, contracts have shown that paying today almost always never pays off tomorrow. We'll have to see what happens with Jacoby Ellsbury and Robinson Cano and their gigantic contracts. I'd much rather pay Chis Davis(53 HRs) and Matt Wieters(Best Defensive catcher in baseball) to long term deals NOW rather than have them test free agency which we know big market teams will throw big money at them. Then there is right fielder Nick Markakis who's free agency starts in 2015. Hopefully the Orioles front office can land a quality free agent without breaking the bank.