Free Agent Target: Blind Resume

At the risk of seeming like Matthew Berry, we’re going to play a little bit of Blind Resume here as we look at potential LF targets for the Orioles for 2013.  Without further ado we have:

Player A - .272/.364/.473, 24 HRs, 3.9 WAR – 20th in AL

Player B - .313/.365/.451, 16 HRs, 5.3 WAR – 8th in AL

The kicker? Player A will require a deal in the neighborhood of 5 years and $80 million while Player B is only looking at 2 years and maybe $20 million.

Player A is fan favorite Nick Swisher while Player B is the aging Torii Hunter.  Who would I pick?  Well, that’s complicated.  Hunter’s numbers are enticing, but I doubt he hits .313 again (his BABIP this season was .389).

The thing is, from a cost point of view, I think Hunter is a safer bet. He’ll provide quality offense in the top of a lineup, won’t clog up the bases and is still above average defensively in a corner OF spot. He won’t give you the positional flexibility that Swisher would, but the price is clearly right and he’d relish the chance to play for a ring. Add in the strong relationship he has with Adam Jones and how Jones views him as a mentor I think the LF and CF positions would see improvement if Hunter was brought in.

According to MLBTradeRumors Hunter is a hot commodity this offseason, so the O’s may need to act fast if they have interest in him. We’ve heard Baltimore named as a potential landing spot for Johnny Gomes and Nick Swisher, so why not split the difference with Torii Hunter?

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About the author

Jeff Long   

Orioles Analyst

Jeff was the owner of the Orioles blog Warehouse Worthy, which focused on making advanced statistics a part of the conversation for the average fan. Outside of baseball, Jeff is a graduate of Loyola University where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration. The Maryland native currently works for an Advertising Agency in downtown Baltimore. He also contributes to Beyond the Boxscore.

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