Earlier this off-season, the Baltimore Orioles signed Tyler Colvin to a Major League contract. They proceeded to back out of that deal, continuing their ugly trend of failing free agent players on their physicals and nixing potential deals.
Well, the market for Colvin was lukewarm to begin with, and the Orioles were always reported to be open to signing him to a different, minor league deal. It makes sense, then, that Troy Renck reports that the two sides might be coming to an agreement on another deal soon:
Regarding Baltimore, hearing still good chance Tyler Colvin ends up with Orioles after deal was nixed. Hope it works out for him
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) February 17, 2014
Colvin’s 2013 season was a disaster, as back injuries and ineffectiveness combined for a .160/.192/.280 campaign in which he only had 78 big league at-bats. But in 2012? He was stellar, posting a .858 OPS in 452 plate appearances. For a point of reference, here are a couple not-so-random OPS statistics from that same season:
To be sure that is total cherry-picking, but nevertheless the point is an interesting one: if Colvin gets healthy and rediscovers his stroke, he has elite talent at the plate. His career has been marred by ridiculous inconsistency, but this is a worthwhile gamble for the Orioles while they consider whether or not to pursue more firepower for their lineup.