Archive for February, 2007

Orioles Sign Starter To Replace Benson

February 13, 2007

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The Orioles signed right handed starting pitcher Steve Trachsel, formerly of the Mets, to a one year deal with a club option for 2008.

Trachsel: 15-8, 4.97 ERA, 164.2 IP, 1.60 WHIP, 4.32 K/9

Cost: 1 year/$3.1 Million, 2008 club option/$4.75 Million

Grade: C

The Orioles pretty much had to sign a veteran pitcher to replace Kris Benson after he injured his shoulder. I would say Steve Trachsel was the best choice out of what was left out there. Others included Mark Redman and Ron Villone. I just hope they don’t guarantee him a spot in the rotation. I would rather see him battle with Hayden Penn, Garrett Olson, and Jeremy Guthrie in Spring Training with the best of the group grabbing the 5th starter’s spot. I would have liked to have had Rodrigo Lopez to put in this spot, but there was no way the O’s could have seen the injury coming. Trachsel should come close to what Benson would have produced, if not we have other options. There is no way that club option gets picked up.

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Benson Out For Season

February 13, 2007

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Right handed starting pitcher Kris Benson announced yesterday that he has a partially torn rotator cuff and is most likely going to miss the entire 2007 season.

Great timing for this, 2 days before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, although I don’t think it’ll be as bad as it looks. Benson pitched to a 11-12 record with a 4.82 ERA last season. Of course this isn’t what any Oriole fan wanted, Benson is an average pitcher who you pretty much know what you’re going to get from, but this could create an opportunity for Hayden Penn, Garrett Olson, or Jeremy Guthrie to step up and take the 5th starter’s spot. This would have been a great spot for Rodrigo Lopez if we would’ve held on to him, but maybe Penn or Olson show that they’re ready for the big time.