As the baseball off-season was winding down, it appeared the Baltimore Orioles would remain largely inactive on the free agent market (to the disgust of many Orioles fans). However, with two free agent signings, it appears the O’s are, in fact, serious about contending in the highly contentious American League East. In the middle of the third week of February, 2014, the Birds made a splash with the signing of veteran free agent pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez, most recently with the Cleveland Indians. He’s expected to occupy the top part of the Orioles’ starting pitching rotation. The O’s concluded the week with the signing of veteran power hitter Nelson Cruz, formerly of the Texas Rangers. He has averaged 26 home runs per season over the last five years. He should fit very nicely as the Orioles designated hitter. Jimenez was signed for 4 years for $50 million; Cruz was signed for 1 year for $8.5 million, with incentives.