Archive for February, 2010

Spring Training Has Begun

February 19, 2010

Pitchers and catchers reported on Tuesday and the position players are starting to trickle into camp. It seems way too early but at the same time it couldn’t have come soon enough. Spring training is finally here and I can’t wait for the games to begin.

Make sure to follow me on twitter as I’ll be tweeting the scores and stand out performances of each spring training game as well as any other interesting information. I’ll post the players that are cut whenever that happens to occur on the website and I’m already counting down the days until opening day. Baseball is back.

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O’s, Guthrie Avoid Arbitration

February 14, 2010

The Orioles signed RHP Jeremy Guthrie to a one year contract worth $3 million, avoiding arbitration.

Grade: C

I predicted this when it was announced that the club had avoided arbitration with Luke Scott on a one year deal. It only made too much sense. The Orioles offered $2.3 million after Guthrie proposed a $3.625 salary, so they basically just split the difference. The pitcher should be slotted second or third in the rotation for the coming season and I think the contract is fair for both sides. Guthrie should benefit from not having to be away from camp to pitch for the USA team in the World Baseball Classic. I think that was a big reason for his struggles last season, especially at the start of the season. I’m looking for him to bounce back a bit with an ERA in the mid 4’s. Maybe he’ll be a trade candidate around mid-season but it would be nice for him to get off to a quick start either way. Now that Guthrie is under contract for 2010 theres nothing else to do before spring training. We’re only 3 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting and I can’t wait for the season to get under way.

O’s Sign 2 Wills; DFA Gabino

February 10, 2010

The Orioles have signed LHP Will Ohman and LHP Will Startup to minor league contracts. They also designated RHP Robert Gabino for assignment after making the Mark Hendrickson signing official.

Grade: B-

The loss of Robert Gabino is of no consequence, he was just a warm body on the roster in case of emergency. Both left handed pitchers the O’s signed are in the “LOOGY” mode. Will Ohman received an invitation to spring training, while Will Startup will report to minor league camp and start the season at AA Bowie. Ohman was limited in 2009 with injuries, pitching 12.1 innings with a 5.84 ERA. He was effective in 2008 with a 3.68 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 58.2 innings, so if he can show hes completely healthy and effective he could earn a spot on the opening day roster. Most likely I think he starts out at AAA Norfolk and is on call in case of injury or ineffectiveness. If he does make the team I would hope it would be in favor of someone like Clay Meredith instead of Kam Mickolio, who I have high hopes for this year. The other lefty, Startup, missed all of 2008 and most of 2009 due to tommy john surgery. Prior to that he was effective at getting out left handed hitters with a funky delivery. He had decent strikeout rates so if he can bounce back completely he could be a solid reliever. Nice upside to these signings.