From Sports Illustrated, Joe Sheehan suggests five radical moves to shake up the offseason. It's a general list, so the only item related to the Orioles is this:
4. The Orioles move Brian Roberts from second to shortstop.
Roberts, playing his walk year in 2009, was Baseball America's National Defensive Player of the Year at shortstop in college. The O's didn't have a reliable shortstop in 2008, and given their farm system and the players on the market, they aren't likely to have one in '09. Roberts would be better than the available options and allow Baltimore -- which is closing in on respectability -- to sign one of many stopgap second basemen (such as Ray Durham and Mark Grudzielanek). If successful, the move would give Roberts even more trade value, something the team needs to maximize.
I'm not sure about this. What if re-learning another defensive position screws with his hitting? Is Roberts at SS and Durham or Grudzielanek at 2B any better than Roberts at 2B and Furcal/O. Cabrera/Izturis/whoever at SS?
It's an interesting hypothetical to kick around, at least.
Sheehan also thinks the Mets should build their bullpen like the Rays: inexpensive young relievers on the verge of a breakthrough. He mentions Scranton-New York Express rider Chris Britton and Dave Trembley's good friend Fernando Cabrera as possible targets. Heh.