Five value free agents for the Baltimore Orioles to consider

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Mike Napoli, 1B/DH

Napoli’s days of hitting 30 home runs and reaching base at a 40% clip are likely behind him, but at 34, he would likely give the Orioles a .260/.350/.425 line with 20 big flies. Napoli had surgery for sleep apnea last spring, and was still struggling to recover with the Boston Red Sox. His line before being shipped to the Texas Rangers was pitiful — .207/.307/.386.

Napoli turned it on in Texas, slashing .295/.396/.513 with five home runs in 35 games. Whether it was with Boston or Texas, Napoli’s OBP was 100 points higher than his batting average. Same goes for his career (.253 BA, .355 OBP). At this point of his career, Napoli may seek out a deal to stay in Texas, a place he obviously feels comfortable. If nothing materializes with the Rangers, a return to the AL East could be attractive. Napoli is a very similar player to Morneau at this point in his career. Again, a two-year deal with an option should be enough to land the former All-Star.

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