The Baltimore Orioles made a roster move yesterday at the much questioned second base position. Was it a free agent pick up? A trade? A huge upgrade? None of the above, the Orioles claimed Alexi Casilla off of waviers from the Minnesota Twins. You may be asking yourself, who? Exactly.
When the news was first reported, I thought to myself, hey I guess this is just another guy to stir competition for the back up spot or provide depth by keeping him in AAA. I was wrong, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported on his Twitter account that Orioles GM/Executive VP Dan Duquette stated that with the acquisition of Casilla, the Orioles will not be looking for anymore second base help. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I read this.
Do not get me wrong, Duquette has made so many moves that have panned out that it is tough to second guess him, but let's not forget some of the moves that haven't, Dontrelle Willis, Jamie Moyer, JC Romero, just to name a few, so not everything he has touched has turned into gold. Only time will tell if this move will have the impact that Orioles fans were hoping for at second base heading into this offseason, but Duquette may be putting to much belief in Brian Roberts if this is the only move you are going to make at second base.
Let's take a look at the guy causing this raucous, Alexi Casilla. In 300 at bats during the 2012 season, he hit .241 with one homer, 30 RBI, and 21 stolen bases, ok I believe we have that kind of player now in Robert Andino and Ryan Flaherty, except Andino and Flaherty have more power with less speed. I still do not see how this move makes you a better team, we have all seen that manager Buck Showalter is not the biggest fan of the steal, so that upside seems to be null and void. The only upside Casilla brings is his glove, as he does have a .980 fielding percentage.
I am just sharing my opinion as this is by far the most opinionated article I have written here on Orioles101, but I had to get my opinion out there on this. I hope that I am once again shut up by the Orioles front office, but I do not see it happening with this move. Let us know what you think of this move by posting a comment.
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