The Baltimore Orioles still have some work to do before spring training

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 31 December 2009 at 7:33 pm

If the season were to start next week the starting players in the field would be:

C-Matt Wieters
1B-Michael Aubrey/Ty Wigginton
2B-Brian Roberts
SS-Cesar Izturis
3B-Garrett Atkins
LF-Nolan Reimold
CF-Adam Jones
RF-Nick Markakis
DH Luke Scott

While I think the Orioles would score a lot of runs with this line-up I’m just not too comfortable with the platoon at 1B. I would consider bringing in a affordable veteran like Hank Blalock, Carlos Delgado or Russell Branyan. If I couldn’t sign one of those guys I would try to get into the trade market. If that failed I would try to go back and sign a player like Miguel Tejada or Joe Crede with the idea of shifting Garrett Atkins over to 1B. If none of those options worked I think I would just go with Aubrey and Wigginton.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Mike Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 December 2009 at 9:03 pm

The Orioles have signed 31-year old lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez to a 2-year, $12 million dollar deal with another $4 million bucks in possible incentives. Gonzalez pitched in 80 games (0 starts) for the Braves last season and he was 5-4 with 10 saves, a 2.42 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He has now pitched in 302 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 14-16 with 54 saves, a 2.57 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He only has allowed 213 hits in 280 2/3 innings in his major league career and he has whiffed 330 batters showing just how nasty he was. Gonzalez will serve as the closer for the Orioles this season and I love this signing.

Garrett Atkins signs with the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 December 2009 at 4:53 pm

The Orioles have signed 30-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Garrett Atkins to a 1-year, $4 million dollar deal with a club option worth $8.5 million bucks for the 2011 season with a $500,000 buyout. Atkins played in 126 games for the Rockies last season and he was 80 for 354 (.226 avg, .650 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 9 homers and 48 RBIs. He has now played 7 years in the majors appearing in 773 games in which he is 805 for 2,788 (.289 avg, .811 OPS) with 394 runs scored, 98 homers, 479 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. It’s up in the air as to whether Atkins will play 1B or 3B but one thing is for certain and that’s his name will be somewhere in the starting line-up.

The Baltimore Orioles let Brian Bass go

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 14 December 2009 at 5:35 pm

The Baltimore Orioles decided not to tender a contract to 27-year old righty reliever Brian Bass making him a free agent. Bass pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 5-3 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. In two years with the Orioles, Bass pitched in 53 games (4 starts) in which he was 6-3 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. The Orioles shouldn’t miss Bass too much as he was little more than a mop-up man in the pen.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Kevin Millwood from the Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 9 December 2009 at 5:31 pm

The Orioles have acquired 34-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Millwood plus $3 million bucks from the Rangers for 27-year old righty reliever Chris Ray. Millwood pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Rangers last season and he was 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has now pitched in 383 games (375 starts) in his 13 years in the majors and he is 155-121 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Millwood will likely be the #1 starter for the Orioles unless they bring in another big-time starter. Chris Ray pitched in 46 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 0-4 with a 7.27 ERA and a 2.01 WHIP. Ray was coming off a serious injury though so it’s hard to judge him on last season. Ray pitched 4 years for the Orioles working in 191 games (0 starts) in which he was 10-17 with 49 saves, a 4.11 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Orioles are on the hook for $9 million bucks with Millwood but this trade was worth the risk because if he pitches like he did last year with the Rangers he could win 15+ games for the O’s this season.

UPDATE: The Orioles have also sent their first round pick in the Rule 5 Draft to the Rangers as part of this trade.

The Baltimore Orioles might be busy at the Winter Meetings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 5 December 2009 at 9:06 pm

The Orioles have some money to spend in free agency so they might be busy next week. It would be better for them to sign a free agent to fill the holes on the team rather than trading prospects. There could be bargains in the corner infield which is a need for the Orioles. Right now the starters at 1B and 3B would be Michael Aubrey and Ty Wigginton if the season started today and that’s just not good enough. If the Orioles are looking at a 1B in free agency, Carlos Delgado, Russell Branyan or Hank Blalock would probably be in their price range. If 3B is the area the Orioles are trying to add than Miguel Tejada, Pedro Feliz, Joe Crede or Troy Glaus make sense. It’s possible that the Orioles try to add to both positions this winter with Wigginton and Aubrey coming off the bench. The Orioles need some bullpen help for late in games but they will probably be looking at second tier guys like Kevin Gregg, J.J. Putz and Octavio Dotel. Any of those three guys could eventually close for the Orioles. I see the Orioles looking for quantity over quality as they likely won’t pony up the cash for the top free agents. But if they were to get one player in each position mentioned above they will have a chance to approach a .500 record if the young and talented players come through in 2010.

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