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Good depth signing. I think you guys are jumping to conclusions about flaherty a little too quick. I like his game. I see this as purely a depth OBP move, maybe a Pearce replacement. Flaherty has left handed power and can play all over the place. With Hardys back flaherty is a lock to make the 25. DD is sticking to the OBP statement with Tolleson and choi. Just at the minor league level though.

Other low risk, relatively good OBP guys we could go after:

LJ Hoes

John Jaso

Nori Aoki

Grady Sizemore

Kyle Blanks

Garret Jones

The exoriole love here is absurd..., Hoes career OBP is .289 and I'd hardly consider that good.

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The exoriole love here is absurd..., Hoes career OBP is .289 and I'd hardly consider that good.

You got the wrong guy pegged for ex oriole love. Without doing research on all other minor league FA's or players recently waived, I know that Hoes has put up 3 straight years of OBP between .380-.400. And was Hoes really a former oriole? He's about as much an Oriole as Justin Turner was.

The big problem with our team last year and right now is that our OF stinks. We have Jones and that's it. Last year we used 15+ guys to try and fill in LF/RF. Then we had to trade Davies for Parra to condense the terrible play in RF into one guy. So if there's some guys out there that have had success in AAA but haven't really gotten a shot in the MLB for an extended time, then we should be all over them. Hoes fits that criteria.

Right now our corner OF's are Reimold and Parades. With Alvarez and Urrutia behind them. Then Yaz3 that struggled in AA and last years 1st rd pick that struggled in Aberdeen. That is our entire system worth of OF's.

So after that sadness maybe we should explore a trade to bring back Markakis or sign a guy like Hoes to a milb deal with a ST invite. In fact, give David Newhan an offseason of working out(vitamin S) and he'll probably put up better numbers than Urrutia or Lough in any level.

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Flaherty is not on the roster for his offense. He is yet to break a 700 OPS in 4 seasons. His ability to play several positions is his best feature. However, we should keep it in mind that Dan traded away a competitive balance draft choice just to stay in budget last year. 1.5m for Flaherty makes him vulnerable to trade if Tolleson proves he can do the same job for 1/3 that salary.

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Flaherty is not on the roster for his offense. He is yet to break a 700 OPS in 4 seasons. His ability to play several positions is his best feature. However, we should keep it in mind that Dan traded away a competitive balance draft choice just to stay in budget last year. 1.5m for Flaherty makes him vulnerable to trade if Tolleson proves he can do the same job for 1/3 that salary.

Great point and as it should be. We should be filling the interchangeable parts at the lowest cost and using the savings to get the best difference-makers that we can playing in Camden Yards.

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