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The Orioles want all the leftover free agents

Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the Orioles' sudden urge to sign free agents, Mookie Betts' breakout, and Keith Law's prospect rankings.

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The Orioles' offseason was in this weird holding pattern for much of the winter, mostly because they were staring at Scott Boras quietly in a room for two months, waiting for him to say that Chris Davis liked their offer. While they were doing that, unsure of what money they would have leftover and for whom, essentially every other major free agent signed elsewhere. They ended up getting Davis back, at least, and it's not so late in the winter that there is no one left for them to sign. They are, however, not exactly chasing the elite at this point.

Yovani Gallardo looks like he'll be the first free agent to sign with the O's of this upcoming bunch, and if he does agree to a deal, then outfielder Dexter Fowler is next. That will cost Baltimore the 14th and 29th picks in the 2016 draft, but their choices are currently "give up picks" or "be worse in 2016 than we were in 2015 after extending our best hitter." Well, there's also the "trade for Jay Bruce" option, but that will cost prospects instead of picks, and Bruce was significantly worse than Fowler last summer. And also the summer before. Jay Bruce might not be very good anymore.

That's not all! The Orioles are also reportedly interested in Pedro Alvarez, though, given their roster, that's probably only if they don't work something out with Fowler. They already have Mark Trumbo for the DH spot, and if they get Alvarez, Trumbo is going to the outfield. Keeping Trumbo off the field and getting Fowler is more than worth the 29th pick, Baltimore, just sign a real outfielder before you subject yourself to a gloved Trumbo.