Turns out we didn't end up placing a bid on Nishioka. Hopefully we trade for Bartlett or Hardy without giving up David Hernandez.
Free-agent notes: Lee, a Type A free agent, was not offered arbitration by the Atlanta Braves, meaning the Orioles would not lose a draft pick if they signed him.
The Orioles did not bid on Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was posted by the Chiba Lotte Marines.
In other news even the #1 Orioles homer and #1 Orioles apologist Steve Melewski is even starting to realize the O's may not ever get a prized FA.
They need to stop coming close and actually get someone good. The time for that was well, years ago, but it didn't happen then but needs to happen now or sometime this offseason.
We all know the O's are going to have overpay for a key free agent. Some might say they did just that in this case. It's reaching the point that they may have to go beyond overpaying to offering a crazy contract to get something done.http://www.masnsports.com/steve_melewski/2010/11/victor-goes-to-detroit-and-os-fans-feel-spurned-yet-again.html
They just are not going to be able to get anyone while maintaining any constraint or fiscal sanity.