The Orioles' offseason wish list was short and to the point going into the start of the winter meetings. In no specific, agreeable order, the O's looked to acquire a starting pitcher, a relief pitcher - preferably a closer, a first baseman, and a third baseman either through trade or the free agent market. For the starting pitcher, the Birds decided to go the trade route and got Kevin Millwood from the Texas Rangers.
This week, the Orioles decided to go a different road to fill their needs. They have contracts in place with two free agents that are only pending physical and expected to be finalized by the end of this week.
With the year of 2009 coming to an end, there have been best of lists for the first decade of the 21st century popping up everywhere. Of the most notable and official, Tiger Woods took home Athlete of the Decade Award becoming the third golfer along with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to win in the past five decades.
The trend has found its way mostly into the baseball world as the writers and analysts have nothing better to do in the offseason. On ESPN.com, you can find an award given to Mariano Rivera entitled Cy Young of the Decade as well as an award given to former-Orioles' ace Sidney Ponson for Cy Yuk of the Decade along with many other lists.
Also on ESPN.com, you can find writer Rob Neyer's list of top 100 players from the 2000's. His order starts out with Albert Pujols on top followed by Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Derek Jeter, and then Ichiro with Jamie Moyer closing it out at number 100.