A few Orioles odds and ends..
There should be an inbox filled with your offseason questions up on Orioles.com shortly, but I have a few quick notes to pass along as well…
*General manager meetings are slated to start Tuesday in Orlando and in all likelihood there will be a lot of talk and little movement on the trade front. My guess is there’s a few minor deals to be made, but more importantly it’s a chance for the GMs to sit down face-to-face and get the wheels in motion.
*MLB.com columnist Anthony Castrovince brings up some important points in his column about award-winning candidates on team that didn’t get much recognition. Here’s the Oriole-related graph on Luke Scott…
DESIGNATED HITTER: Luke Scott, Orioles
Vlad Guerrero and David Ortiz are the bigger names, but Scott actually had the highest OPS of any qualifying DH in 2010, with a .902 mark. His park-adjusted OPS+ was 142.
It appears the 32-year-old Scott is just coming into his own as a Major League hitter. He had nine homers and a .996 OPS in August of a lost season, right around the time Buck Showalter arrived and instilled new hope for the future in the O’s and their fans.
In fact, with a slash line of .284/.368/.535, 27 homers and 78 RBIs for the season, you could argue that Scott could have/should have beaten out Guerrero for the AL Silver Slugger for DHs. But playing in Baltimore, on a team that won just 66 games, doesn’t do much to raise one’s profile.
What do you think? Is Scott under appreciated around the league?
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*In case you missed it, I talked some Orioles offseason and possible Hot Stove action over the weekend with MLB.com’s on-air talent. You can catch that video here.