BOCA RATON, Fla. – Thirty-three Orioles have declared for minor league free agency according to a list compiled by Baseball America.
The Orioles haven’t decided what to do with Mark Reynolds yet. In the meantime, they signed three players to contracts for next season and acquire an infielder to shore up their bench.
Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, who was also a general manager, had a theory of building a bench. It was never a good idea to keep a bench together for more than a year.
The annual baseball winter meetings begin next Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Last year’s gathering, Dan Duquette’s first in charge, was a relative non-event for the Orioles.