O’s Trade For Backup Catcher

UPDATE: Greg Miclat was named as the PTBNL. That downgrades the trade for me. I had Miclat rated as the Orioles 16th best prospect heading into next season. I was fine with giving up an arm or two like Henry but a guy like Miclat is too much for a guy u can usually sign as a free agent. Not the end of the world but it’s a little disappointing. Duquette may just be getting rid of players he doesn’t like for whatever reason so he can bring in his own guys.

The Orioles traded RHP Randy Henry and a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for C Taylor Teagarden. LHP Pedro Viola was removed from the 40 man roster.

Dan Duquette decided to trade for our backup catcher instead of signing one of the free agents out there. Depending on the player to be named I like the trade. Henry is a 21 year old hard throwing reliever who pitched for A Delmarva and A+ Frederick this year while missing some time with an arm injury. Hes had injury issues the last couple years. For Delmarva he had a 1.67 ERA over 37.2 innings with 29 strikeouts and 6 walks before getting promoted and pitching to a 3.60 ERA over 15 innings with 11 strikeouts and 2 walks for Frederick. If he can stay healthy he could make it to a big league bullpen by the end of next year, but thats a big if. He also has to improve his secondaries. Apparently the PTBNL will also be from the lower minors. Who it ends up being will determine how I really feel about this move.

Teagarden is regarded as a good defensive catcher who calls a good game. He was a third round pick and was a well regarded prospect at one point. In the minors hes put up some good offensive numbers but hasn’t been able to maintain that at the big league level. He has some power and is a definite upgrade from Craig Tatum as backup catcher, plus he has upside. For AAA Round Rock he hit .285/.376/.589 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 12 HR, and 22 RBI over 151 at bats. He didn’t fare as well with the Rangers, hitting .235/.278/.294 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI over 34 at bats. If nothing else Duquette seems to be trying to add depth to the organization, which is something we’ve sorely missed over the years.

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