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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

 

O's have interest in Piazza

The New York Daily News is reporting that the Orioles are one of 3 teams that has come in contact with Mike Piazza, and ESPNews is reporting that the Orioles are one of 5 teams interested in him. Here are a few interesting excerpts from the NY Daily News article.


"I asked (Samuels) about Piazza," Beltran said. "He told me he was close to signing with a team in the American League."
The Blue Jays, Orioles and Yankees are AL teams confirmed to have spoken with Piazza's agent, Dan Lozano.


Another one...

Sources told the Daily News on Monday that the Yankees had received a call from Lozano and told the agent the catcher was not a good fit.

Good news for O's fans who want Piazza.

Mike Piazza told friends from the Shea Stadium clubhouse that he was nearing a deal with a team in the American League, but as the Daily News reported yesterday, it almost certainly won't be the Yankees.

I like this move if he only catches roughly 10% of the time, DH's, stays healthy, and Javy gets traded.

Go O's!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

 

O's trade Jorge Julio and John Maine for Kris Benson

I hinted to this earlier, but either way, I think this is a solid move for the Orioles. Here's a rundown of the 3 players.

Kris Benson-Kris Benson is a much-needed veteran to add to the staff. He eats innings and has a solid ERA, and I think he will excel in a smaller city.

John Maine-Nothing special. If he can master his control again he could become a #4/#5 starter in the MLB, but that is still unlikely.

Jorge Julio-Let's put it this way:I'm ecstatic to see this guy leave.

I think this is a solid move for the O's and a move we had to do. If we could sign Weaver and trade Bedard/Gibbons for Abreu or Bedard/Midlevel player for Dunn this team is ready to compete.

GO O'S!

FINISH THE DEAL FO!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

 

Bedard and Gibbons for Abreu?

Rumors have been floating around the internet that have the O's are discussing a deal with the phils for Bobby Abreu. The O's would give up Erik Bedard and Jay Gibbons. With no further moves, there is no reason to do this deal. Lets check out each player.

Erik Bedard-Even though his stats haven't been dazzling, he was lights out at the start of last year(his ERA was below 2.1 for a while). He also has lots of talent and I think he will have a breakout year. Why hire Mazzone if you won't let him work with talent?

Jay Gibbons-Jay had a spectacular season last year. His OPS was over .800 and his HR total got all the way to 26. I think that Jay Gibbons is very comparable to Bobby Abreu. Also, a recent Baltimore Sun article says Jay will soon sign a 3 year, 15 million dollar deal. This is a complete steal.

Bobby Abreu-Bobby Abreu is a good player. His OPS over his career is over .900. (Note:it dropped over .70 points last year) He got over 30 SB's last year, but also struck out over 100 times in each of the last 8 years. Definitely not something the O's need. He also got 24 HR's. One perk to him is that he started in every game last year.

Now contrary to what I have already said, there is one way I do this deal. If the O's aquire Jeff Weaver and Kris Benson(for Jorge Julio) then I guess I support this move. That would not only fill out our rotation but also give us a slight upgrade in offense. No matter what happens, I bet it will be interesting.

Go O's!

Monday, January 16, 2006

 

Filling out a 4-man rotation

The Orioles currently have pretty much a 4-man rotation
Bedard
Cabrera
Lopez
Chen
If needed, either Maine or Penn

You know the FA market is thin when at a premier position like SP there are only 14 people left. Let's go through a rundown of all the Orioles options:

Possible signings

Pedro Astacio:Way too much of a gamble. In the last 5 years he's had 1 ERA under 4, and it was in the NL in PetCo park. I would definitely pass on this one.

Kevin Brown:If the options get even slimmer, I'd take a chance on Brown. Last year he had a horrible season, but the 2 previous years his ERA was 4.09 and then 2.39(in 211 IP). Yes, he is getting old, but if he can turn back time to 2003 after leaving NY, it is definitely a gamble I take.

Roger Clemens-Heh.

Darren Dreifort- At only 33 years old, I would keep him in the back of my mind if I were in the warehouse. His ERA has been solid in the last 2 years, both hovering around 4. His last 3 years have been injury shortened, and that is an issue, but in his last full season his ERA was again slighty above 4. I would take a gamble is nothing else is left.

Scott Ericson-Hasn't had an ERA below 6 in 3 years. Pass.

Josh Fogg-Hasn't had an ERA below 4.5 in the last 3 years, and lacked luster in the others. I'll pass again on this one.

Lima time!-His last 3 years in the AL have been horrible. Pass.

Wade Miller-This is an interesting scenario. Yes, he'll be out until May, but Penn and Maine can easily fill in until then. His ERA Has been good since 2001 and has already pitched in the AL east. I wouldn't mind this at all.

Wes Obermueller-No way.

Kirk Rueter-Has had a pretty bad ERA over the last few years in the NL. I'll pass.

Victor Santos-Nope. Never had an ERA below 4.

Ismael Valdez-Hasn't had an ERA below 4.5 since '01. No thanks.

Jeff Weaver-Ahhh, finally, the main event. Weaver really knows how to strike people out and is an inning eater that the O's desperately need.I would give him a 3/25 deal or something around that area. I think the Orioles really need to sign someone like this.

Jamey Wright-NEVER had an ERA below 4. Nope Nope Nope.

Possible trades

Matos to the Sawks for Arroyo/Wells-Even though I like Arroyo, I don't wanna trade a capable player to a division rival. I DEFINITELY don't do this trade if it is for Wells. Yuck.

So all-in-all, I think the O's need to sign Weaver, but if that falls through, you still have backup in Wade Miller, Kevin Brown and Darren Dreifort.

Go O's!

O-R-I-O-L-E-S

Friday, January 13, 2006

 

Around 'da league

Haven't been on in a while, so I'll try to get to everything.

-Jeromy Burnitz signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Burnitz back out of the deal with the O's after finding out the extensivness of the physical process. Most people in this situation would use this as a cheap shot against Angeloser, but I really can't blame him for making this the uniform policy after the Albert Belle debacle.

-The lack of a Jeromy Burntiz signing opened the hole back in LF, so the Orioles went out and signed Kevin Millar to a 1/2.1 deal. Millar did only have 9 HR's in 2005, and is also right handed(the one reason I prefer Burnitz). The only reason I like this deal over Burnitz'? This deal is worth 3 times less, which supports the Weaver rumor.

-I think the Orioles should sign Jeff Weaver. This will not only fill out the rotation, but it will make Melvin and Miggy happy. Hopefully the deal is something like 3/24. According to www.mlbtraderumors.com, the Orioles are one of 4 teams still in the running for Weaver.

-The Orioles traded A-ball 2B Nate Spears and A-ball LHP Carlos Perez prospect for Cubs CF Corey Patterson. I support this move because it simply is low-risk and possibly high-reward. No problem with the deal here.

-The O's are reportedly working on extensions with Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons. In the next few years they will also work on extending Brian Roberts. Javy Lopez has a few options.
1)The O's extend him and hope for the best at first base.
2)The O's don't extend him.
a)They trade him now.
b)They wait til the trade dealine and deal him to a contender.
c)They take a gamble that he becomes a dud and let him walk.

-A quick note-The O's DFA'd Walter Young.

Til next time, Go O's!

O-R-I-O-L-E-S

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