Orioles weigh players' worth ahead of deadline
Club must tender arbitration-eligible contracts
The Orioles will have a clearer roster picture following Wednesday's non-tender deadline as a new crop of free agents are made available. Baltimore will have to decide on some of its own arbitration-eligible players, weighing each player's worth versus his projected 2016 salary.
Some, like closer Zach Britton or third baseman Manny Machado, are slam dunks to be tendered deals for next season. But the O's have a few interesting decisions on utility players Ryan Flaherty and Paul Janish and outfielders Nolan Reimold and David Lough.
While none of the four is in line for significant raises -- and are projected to be at or under $1.5 million -- the club could opt to look elsewhere for next season. Vance Worley, projected to make $2.7 million by MLBTradeRumors, is another potential non-tender candidate.
Chris Tillman and reliever Brad Brach are strong bets to be tendered deals, while Brian Matusz -- projected to make more than $3 million -- and Miguel Gonzalez, coming off a disappointing season, are less certain but still likely. The lefty Matusz has value as a relief piece, while the O's are looking for rotation help and Gonzalez -- estimated to make approximately $5 million -- had been their most reliable starter prior to 2015.
Baltimore will also pay close attention to players non-tendered around baseball as they look to fill some of their roster holes in advance of next week's Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn.