Free agency is officially underway. According to the Major League Baseball Players Association, 121 players are immediately eligible for free agency.
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.