The Baltimore Orioles claim Greg Aquino off waivers from the Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Saturday 22 December 2007 at 12:28 pm

The Orioles have claimed righty reliever Greg Aquino off of waivers from the Brewers. Aquino pitched in 15 games last season for the Brewers and he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Aquino has now pitched in 126 games in his major league career and he is 2-4 with 17 saves, a 4.88 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. This was a good move for the Orioles as Aquino has a good arm. Hopefully the Orioles pitching coach can bring out the best in Aquino.



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The Baltimore Orioles trade Miguel Tejada to the Astros for five players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 12 December 2007 at 1:37 pm

The Orioles have traded shortstop Miguel Tejada to the Astros for Troy Patton, Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate, Luke Scott and Michael Costanzo. 22 year old lefty starting pitcher Troy Patton is probably the key to this deal as he’s one of the best prospects that the Astros have. He pitched in 3 games (2 starts) for the Astros last season and he was 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. In AA+AAA ball last season he started 24 games and he was 10-8 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. 24-year old Matt Albers is also a solid prospect but he’s been having trouble in the majors so far in his career. He pitched in 31 games (18 starts) last season for the Astros and he was 4-11 with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. He has now pitched in 35 games (20 starts) in his major league career and he is 4-13 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Dennis Sarfate is a 26-year old fireballer who has had success in his limited opportunities. Sarfate pitched in 7 games for the Astros last season and he is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has now worked in 15 games in his major league career and he is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Sarfate has whiffed 25 batters in only 16.2 innings in his major league career. Sarfate pitched in 45 games last season in AAA ball and he was 2-7 with 4 saves, a 4.52 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. 29 year old lefty swinging outfielder Luke Scott is the most established played the Orioles received from the Astros and he should step right into a major role in the outfield. He played in 132 games last season for the Astros and he was 94 for 369 (.255 avg, .855 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 18 homers and 64 RBIs. He has now played in 231 games in his major league career and he is 181 for 663 (.273 avg, .882 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 28 homers and 105 RBIs. Michael Costanzo is a 24-year old third baseman that had a solid year in AA last season. He played in 137 games in AA ball and he was 137 for 508 (.270 avg, .858 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 27 homers, 86 RBIs. He does need to make more contact however as he whiffed 157 times last season.

With the Orioles in rebuilding move this was a nice haul to get for Tejada. It will be interesting to see what other moves the Orioles are willing to make this off-season.

Jay Gibbons is suspended by Major League Baseball

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 7 December 2007 at 4:32 pm

Outfielder Jay Gibbons of the Baltimore Orioles has been suspended for the first 15 games of the 2008 season due to a violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Gibbons looked drug free last season as he played in 84 games and was 62 for 270 (.230 avg, .620 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 6 homers and 28 RBIs. Gibbons has now played in 779 games in his major league career and he is 724 for 2,787 (.260 avg, .767 OPS) with 348 runs scored, 121 homers and 405 RBIs. The Orioles got screwed by Gibbons who is being paid big money for all of the homers he hit while he was doing drugs, but, the return they get is a clean, untalented without drugs Jay Gibbons.



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The Baltimore Orioles sign catcher Guillermo Quiroz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Tuesday 4 December 2007 at 1:28 pm

The Orioles have signed 26-year old catcher Guillermo Quiroz to a 1-year contract. Quiroz played in 9 games for the Rangers last season and he was 4 for 10 (.400 avg) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Quiroz has now played in 39 games in his major league career and he is 22 for 100 (.220 avg, .545 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 12 RBIs. He will likely back up Ramon Hernandez next season for the Orioles.



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