A Trade and More Transactions

The Orioles have traded INF Nick Green and cash to the Texas Rangers for LHP Zach Phillips. Phillips was added to the 40 man roster and sent to AAA Norfolk. RHP Chorye Spoone was designated for assignment. RHP Alfredo Simon was activated from the bereavement list with 2B Brian Roberts being transferred to the 60 day disabled list. 3B Josh Bell was sent back down to Norfolk.

This is just a minor trade. We have a surplus of middle infielders and could use pitching, I’m sure its the opposite for the Rangers. Nick Green was hitting for some power but was batting .208. He was signed as a minor league free agent in the offseason so its no loss. In return we got a 24 year old reliever in Phillips. He had 3 saves and a 4.43 ERA over 44.2 innings with 38 strikeouts and 21 walks for AAA Round Rock. He gets ground balls and the PCL is an extreme hitters league so the numbers probably aren’t as bad as they seem. He also had a 3.22 ERA for them last year (2.69 overall) and a 1.39 ERA in 2009. It looks like we got the better of the deal since Green won’t amount to anything and Phillips still has some potential to be a bullpen arm. Spoone was designated for assignment but I doubt he’ll be going anywhere. He has a 4.31 ERA over 62.2 innings with 44 strikeouts and 29 walks as a 25 year old in AA. Hes been better as of late but isn’t getting the ground balls he did before labrum surgery. Josh Bell returns to the Tides after just one day but at least he can say hes batting 1.000 after getting a single in his only at bat.

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3 Responses to “A Trade and More Transactions”

  1. writerjmk44 Says:

    This is the beginning of stockpiling your arms with upside. The “Young Guns” haven’t exactly panned out yet and the depth is a serious concern. When you have to promote a guy like Worrell because you have nothing better in the system, it’s time to look outside the system. The biggest thing in this trade is trading useless, older players for younger guys with potential. Smart trade, even if it is minor.

  2. writerjmk44 Says:

    I meant “young” arms.

  3. tank222 Says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Green would’ve probably been released at some point this season or in the offseason, to get anything for him is a good deal. Thanks for the feedback.

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