"Asked whether the Orioles are now focused on acquiring a first baseman, Duquette replied, "Did you see where Buck (Showalter) said he was going to engage Chris Davis at first base in the spring? If we have McLouth in left, (Adam) Jones in center, (Nick) Markakis in right and Davis at first, that's pretty solid. They're all quality major league players."
What about designated hitter?
"Wilson Betemit can DH against right-handed pitching," Duquette said. "Danny Valencia is a .316 hitter against left-handed pitching. I'm just giving you the good options that the team has. Just pointing out that we have some people for those jobs we're talking about. The team has some options with the people we have in place."
Duquette is a smart guy - but I think he missed what got the O's in the playoffs.
Yes, the pitching did well...but the O's defense was the best that it has been since the 90s.
Davis at this point is not an average 1b, and what does Valencia do for this team?
Youk is available, and he fits everything the O's need - as long as he stays healthy.