O’s Acquire Julio Lugo

The Orioles have acquired INF Julio Lugo and cash in a trade with the St.Louis Cardinals. They gave up a Player To Be Named Later or cash in return. 1B Michael Aubrey was designated for assignment to make room for Lugo on the 40 man roster. The Orioles also released C Chad Moeller per his request.

Grade: B

This was a good move. With Brian Roberts having back issues its nice to have another option in case he has a set back. Lugo hit .280/.352/.405 over 257 at bats with 13 doubles, 5 triples, 3 HR, and 21 RBI last year with the Red Sox and Cardinals. Hes a definite upgrade over Robert Andino, who I’m assuming is the odd man out after this trade. Lugo can also play all over the field although hes not very good defensively, at least hes versatile. Another good thing is we only have to pay him the league minimum. The Red Sox are on the hook for the rest of his $9 million contract. Losing Aubrey doesn’t hurt us much. He had barely been able to play at spring training this year due to a groin injury. We have Brandon Snyder, Rhyne Hughes, and Brandon Waring coming up through the minors so he would have a tough time making the team anyway. Chad Moeller asked for his release after Craig Tatum won the backup catcher job. I have a feeling he could be back on a minor league deal if he can’t find a job elsewhere.

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