Archive for January, 2007

Orioles Claim Guthrie Off Waivers

January 29, 2007

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The Orioles claimed RHP Jeremy Guthrie off of waivers from the Cleveland Indians. To make room on the 40 man roster RHP Marino Salas was designated for assignment.

Guthrie: 0-0, 6.98 ERA, 19.1 IP, 2.02 WHIP, 6.52 K/9

Salas: 2-6, 2.92 ERA, 19 saves, 49.1 IP, 1.11 WHIP, 8.40 K/9 (AA)

Grade: C+

This is becoming a regular thing now for the Orioles. They started out by doing this with Brian Burress, who now has a shot of being an asset to the club. Guthrie will most likely spend this season with AAA Norfolk, but can give us more depth at reliever which is never bad. He was a 1st round pick in 2002, so he could still become something. I liked Salas as depth too, hopefully we can retain him as well. This wasn’t a very big deal, but it was worth a shot I guess.

Orioles Deal Rodrigo

January 13, 2007

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The Orioles traded right handed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to the Colorado Rockies for minor league relievers Jim Miller and Jason Burch.

Burch: 3-4, 4.95 ERA, 63.2 IP, 1.41 WHIP, 7.35 K/9

Miller: 0-3, 3.86 ERA, 12 saves, 44.1 IP, 1.44 WHIP, 8.32 K/9

Grade: C+

Well we finally decided to pull the trigger on a Rodrigo Lopez trade. We decided on a deal with the Rockies for two right handed relief pitchers. Out of the two, Miller has the most upside. He’s had high strikeout numbers throughout his minor league career and was named the Rockies minor league pitcher of the year in 2005. Burch has also had good strikeout numbers. Both are 24 years old, neither listed in Colorado’s top 20 prospects. But the Orioles do get rid of a pitcher coming off an 18 loss, near 6 ERA season who was going to be paid an estimated $4 million to keep as a long reliever most likely. If either one of these new pitchers can give us some production at some point, then the trade will be effective. Now we can wait for Spring Training to start because I don’t see the O’s making any more moves this off-season. Rodrigo finishes his Baltimore Oriole career at 60-58. Good luck in Colorado Roddy, you’re gonna need it.

Orioles Re-Sign Williams

January 13, 2007

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The Orioles have re-signed relief pitcher Todd Williams to an incentive laden one year deal.

Cost: 1 year/~$775,000 – plus incentives

Grade: C

This isn’t really much to get worked up about. Williams will come in to Spring Training and compete for a spot in the bullpen. If he pitches like he did for much of last year, we’ll probably cut him. If he wins a spot, he’s likely to do most of his pitching in the mop up role. The deal is cheap and he could bounce back. He was hurt at the beginning of the season and that might have effected him throughout the year.

Cal Ripken To Be Elected Into Hall of Fame

January 9, 2007

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Cal Ripken will be voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame along with Tony Gwynn sometime today. This is one of those special years where there are multiple players eligible for the first time that are shoo-ins for the Hall. Along with Ripken and Gwynn, Mark McGwire would have been another one if not for the steroids issue. Ripken will probably go down in history as the best Baltimore Oriole player ever.

Orioles Sign Aubrey Huff

January 1, 2007

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The Orioles signed 1B/3B/OF Aubrey Huff to a 3 year deal.

Huff: .267/.344/.469, 25 doubles, 2 triples, 21 homeruns, 66 RBI

Cost: 3 years/$20 million

Grade: B

Huff has been a target of the Orioles for a while now, lately this off-season, and we finally got him. We waited for him to lower his asking price and then did what we had to do to get the deal done. Not that Huff is the greatest player (his defense is suspect and he hasn’t been the same player the last 2 years he was in 2003-04), but he was probably the best available in the free agent market. If he can get back to the production he had a couple years ago it could be a great deal, but even if he doesn’t he’s still a solid .800 OPS hitter. I’d still like to see a everyday left fielder (Jay Payton doesn’t count – in a perfect world he would be the 4th outfielder) signed/traded for/step up (Jon Knott?), but the O’s keep heading in the right direction.

More Minor League Signings

January 1, 2007

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The Orioles signed OF’s Jon Knott, Jason DuBois, and Bubba Trammell to minor league contracts.

Grade: A

I love the Knott and DuBois signings. Bubba Trammell? Not so much, but more depth at AAA never hurts. Knott and DuBois are guys that could play for the O’s major league club at some point during the season if needed. Knott is 28 and has continuously crushed left handed pitching in his minor league career. He was with the Padres organization. DuBois was with the Cubs and has had decent numbers in the minors as well. Trammell has been out of the big league for a couple years, having played for Detroit, Tampa Bay, San Diego, and both New York teams in his career.