Orioles prefer to keep draft, too, but to explain why Bautista doesn’t fit, they told JB camp: O’s fans just don’t like him
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2016
This is laugh out loud funny. Whether you agree with this or not, you can’t deny that this is a cold-blooded approach. The Orioles may be looking for a top free agent, but it’s a safe bet that Jose Bautista will not make the cut. After meeting with Bautista’s representatives on Tuesday, the Orioles didn’t sugarcoat their reasons for passing.
O’s explanation to Bautista was refreshingly honest. Other factors are draft choice, probably $, etc. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2016
We all want to see the club get better, but I can stand behind the Orioles on this one. The rumor-mill linking Bautista to the Orioles started in November, but that door has closed.