The Orioles have traded LHP Mike Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers for RHP Pedro Strop. LHP Zach Phillips has been recalled from AAA Norfolk.
Gonzalez’ value has risen steadily over the past month. For the season hes 2-2 with a 4.27 ERA over 46.1 innings with 46 strikeouts and 18 walks but he didn’t give up a run in August over 10.1 innings with 15 strikeouts and no walks. Strop is a converted shortstop with excellent raw stuff. He has a fastball in the high 90’s, a nasty splitter, and a decent slider. The problem, as usual, is control. He walks too many batters and becomes a one pitch pitcher when he falls behind in the count. He had a 3.72 ERA for the Rangers this year over 9.2 innings with 9 strikeouts and 7 walks. With AAA Round Rock he had a 3.59 ERA over 47.2 innings with 55 strikeouts and 24 walks. This is the third trade the Orioles have made with the Rangers this year after trading Koji Uehara for Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis and Nick Green for the aforementioned Phillips. Phillips was 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA over 13.2 innings with 7 strikeouts and 7 walks with Norfolk since being acquired. Not a great strikeout to walk ratio but he’ll get a tryout in September to see what he can do at the major league level.