The Orioles’ three off-season free agent signings are looking a lot smarter now
Since last week, you may have started to see a new genre of Orioles-related Twitter activity cropping up. Rougned Odor might be the most clutch terrible baseball player of all time. This offseason, when the Orioles signed Jordan Lyles, Robinson Chirinos, and Rougned Odor, I, like many fans, was unimpressed.
As a player’s physical tools start to decline, what is it that a veteran can do for a baseball team, exactly? “Steadiness, mentorship, leadership,” are the typical refrigerator-magnet words people throw out. Of the three, Jordan Lyles is the steady play guy, the one whose output on the field may be most impressive thus far. He’s a player, but he really could be a coach.
Finally, Rougned Odor, the pugnacious second baseman with more heart, maybe, than great hands? I’ve grumbled about his five errors in 143 chances, and his . Besides, if the 2022 season has been symbolized by anything so far, it’s the home run chain—which Odor, along with Chirinos, apparently helped discover and baptize. I’m not saying Lyles, Chirinos, and Odor are the type of free-agent signings we’ll aspire to on the NGOT (Next Good Orioles Team), but these three have already provided a lot more value to the team than was obvious when the ink was drying on their contracts.
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