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  1. Before poo-pooing this idea, consider: In 591 AB last season (age 31), Melky put up a .345 OBP. He would not have to be part of a platoon. This would leave Joey to platoon in RF and a roster spot for Pedro. Both Melky and Kim will be free agents after next season. Melky's defense is a little better than Kim's I'm sure the White Sox would love to dump Melky's $15 million contract for next season, and I'd like them to eat some of that. Okay, what do you think?
  2. A lot of folks, including myself have penciled in Hyun Soo Kim when making out potential everyday lineups for the Orioles in 2016. Honestly, part of the reason I've put him in those lineups without seeing him play is mostly due to the fact of limited other options. However, there are some red flags that make me wonder whether Kim will end more of a 4th outfielder/DH more than an everyday guy. Sure, the 28-year old Kim comes over after posting gaudy .326/.438/.541/.979 slash line with a career best 28 home runs and 101 walks in 630 PAs. That seems great until you see that former Orioles farm hand Eric Thames, who put up a robust .252/.315/.356/.671 slash line at Norfolk in 2013, basically is Barry Bonds in Korea after slashing .381/.497/.790/1.288 with 47 home runs, 103 walks and 40 stolen bases. Honestly, if we are going off of stats, maybe the Orioles should have signed Thames to a minor league contract since he outperformed Kim and is only 14 moths older. The KBO has a wide mix of players, but most consider the talent level to be somewhere in the vicinity of High-A ball to AA. Nothing against Thames, but when he can suddenly put up Barry Bonds-esque numbers you definitely have to wonder about the talent level. The next concern is Kim's reported weight of 240 pounds when he signed. Not exactly known as a defensive whiz, Kim's reported weight in the KBO was around 210 so either it was under reported or he's eaten a lot of kimchee late. I've never seen the guy play and I know it's being reported that Brady Anderson is working with him this offseason, but a 6-2, 240 pound guy who plays LF in the KBO does not make me think he's going to be plus defender. I could be wrong, but it's a concern. Add in the fact that the Orioles signed him relatively cheaply (2ys/7mil) and you have to think there wasn't a ton of teams breaking down his door to come to America. I think his contract is worth a shot and his upside is that he could be a decent OBP guy, but at the same time, we might be getting ahead of ourselves if we start assuming he's the full-time left fielder.
  3. Paul Folkemer says Buck Showalter should consider making Manny Machado the Orioles' everyday leadoff hitter, as he is the Birds' best hitter by a significant margin. https://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/05/26/who-should-be-the-orioles-leadoff-hitter
  4. Jim Henneman says Miguel Gonzalez and Hyun Soo Kim are not making good first impressions during spring training and their roster spots may be in jeopardy. https://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/03/24/miguel-gonzalez-hyun-soo-kim-squarely-on-orioles-roster-bubble
  5. With Opening Day fast approaching, Stan "The Fan" Charles says the Orioles need to decide what they are going to do with outfielder Hyun Soo Kim. https://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/03/28/with-one-week-until-opening-day-orioles-outfield-still-unsettled
  6. The Orioles have plenty of questions to answer about which players will see the most time in the corner outfield spots -- and who will be left off the roster entirely. https://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/03/21/orioles-outfield-faces-plenty-of-questions
  7. Jim Henneman says Joey Rickard has effectively played his way into the Orioles' corner outfield discussion, but the Rule 5 pick is battling long odds. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/03/09/joey-rickard-playing-his-way-into-orioles-corner-outfield-discussion
  8. Paul Folkemer takes a look at Joey Rickard and other Orioles bubble players whose stock rose or fell during the beginning of Grapefruit League play. http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/03/10/orioles-bubble-players-10-game-checkpoint
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