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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Puig rumors persist

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The Orioles are still rumored to be interested in Yasiel Puig, for some reason.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

If you were expecting MLB’s offseason to start picking up steam after the calendar flipped to 2021, so far you’ve been disappointed. There’s still a whole lot of nothing happening on the hot stove, except some stray rumors here and there.

Still, one such rumor, tweeted by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand yesterday, could be of interest to Orioles fans.

It’s not the first time the O’s have been linked with Puig. They were said to be interested in the veteran outfielder last year, and reportedly made him an offer in July before the start of the truncated season. Puig ultimately reached an agreement with the Braves, but his signing was scuttled by a positive COVID-19 test and he didn’t end up playing in 2020.

For the Orioles to still be interested in Puig now, though, is surprising. He would have been a better fit last year, when Trey Mancini was out for the season, Anthony Santander hadn’t established himself, and the top left fielder on the Birds’ depth chart was Dwight Smith Jr. But this year? Outfield is one of the few places in which the O’s already have depth. Mancini is back, Santander is the reigning Most Valuable Oriole, Ryan Mountcastle is an everyday player, Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins are vying for at-bats in center, and Yusniel Diaz, the Birds’ No. 8 prospect, is on the brink of the bigs.

It’s hard to see where Puig would fit on the Orioles, as much fun as it would be to see the Wild Horse on the club.

Ah, you know what? Just sign him and we’ll sort out everything else later. Let’s inject some life into this listless offseason, what do you say?

Links

Five things that won't happen in 2021 - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko offers a few predictions about the upcoming season. None are particularly controversial, but they might not make you happy, especially his prediction that the O’s won’t release Chris Davis.

A look inside the Orioles’ top 30 prospects - BaltimoreBaseball.com
A fine article, but I would have titled it something like, “A closer look at the Orioles’ top 30 prospects.” The current headline makes it sound as if we’re opening these guys up like a frog in science class.

Best all-time O’s seasons at each position - Orioles.com
What, Glenn Davis didn’t make the cut? Come on!

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four O’s birthday buddies, including one of the most recent ex-Orioles, Jose Iglesias, who turns 31. Iglesias was arguably the most valuable player of the 2020 Birds despite nagging injuries, and I was looking forward to seeing how he’d fare in a fully healthy season, but alas, he’s on the Angels now. Also born on this day were short-term third baseman and Cal Ripken Jr.-replacement Ryan Minor (47); bane of Mark Brown’s existence Ron Kittle (63), and the late infielder Fred Marsh (b. 1924, d. 2006).

Jan. 5 has historically been a slow day for Orioles news. The best I can find is that the O’s re-signed Cesar Izturis on this date 10 years ago. Izturis had been the Birds’ regular shortstop in 2009 and 2010 and flashed a strong glove but posted an unfathomable .242/.284/.295 batting line in nearly 1,000 plate appearances. The Birds brought him back anyway despite having acquired J.J. Hardy earlier that winter, and Izturis went 6-for-30 as a utility man in 2011.