With spring training underway, the Baltimore Orioles look to change the script in baseball this season.
A lot of changes were made in the Orioles organization. With Andy MacPhail leaving, the Orioles brought in Dan Duquette to take over his position as President of Baseball Operations. Soon as Duquette joined he started making more changes himself. He brought in two foreign arms in Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada.
With the signing of Chen the Orioles should have a great veteran left hander for their starting rotation. Chen is the first Taiwanese player in Orioles history and wants to prove he belongs with the Orioles. He is also happy with the change of scenery and hopes to make a difference for the Orioles.
The signing of Wada also brings another veteran arm for the Orioles starting rotation. Wada had great success pitching in Japan. He had a winning record and helped Japan to a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. His success should bold well for the Orioles in their return to greatness.
He signed Wilson Betemit off the free agents list. Wilson should be a great fit for the Orioles. He should be able to fit well at third base and all over the infield, but should be a great designated hitter.
Duquette added some more arms, which should help the Orioles this season. One more big change he made was trading Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies. Guthrie was a great pitcher for Baltimore, but his trade brought in two good arms to help in Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel.
There are a lot of question marks coming into this spring training for the Orioles.
One of the main questions is who is going to play second base? With the health of Brian Roberts uncertain, the Orioles may have to look elsewhere for second base. Robert Andino helped the Orioles at second base last season, so he might be a great choice for the Orioles at second base this season.
Also the pitching staff is in question coming into this season. The starting rotation should be strong, but it’s just a matter of sorting through all the starting pitchers that are in camp.
The bullpen should be strong as well; just finding the pitchers for the back end of the bullpen is going to be tricky.
The Orioles have plenty of options for the pitching staff, so they have choices. The Orioles pitching coach just has to choose the right choice for each part of the pitching staff. If the right choices are made, then the Orioles should be successful this season.
Once spring training is over, the question marks should be answered.
The changes the Orioles made this off-season should play out in the regular season. For now the Orioles are in spring training and working on turning these changes into a successful season.