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Baltimore Orioles MLB News - Orioles Baseball Blog » 2010 » December

The Baltimore Orioles sign Derrek Lee

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 31 December 2010 at 3:58 pm

The Orioles have signed 35-year old righty swinging 1B Derrek Lee to a 1-year deal. Lee played in 148 games for the Cubs & Orioles last season and he was 142 of 547 (.260 avg, .774 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 19 homers and 80 RBIs. Lee has now played in 1,829 games in his first 14 seasons in the majors and he is 1,843 of 6,527 (.282 avg, .865 OPS) with 1,026 runs scored, 312 homers, 1,019 RBIs and 102 stolen bases. This was a great move for the Orioles because Lee is a complete player. He is a good hitter and a great defensive 1B as he has won 3 Gold Gloves so far in his career. The O’s whole infield just got better both offensively and defensively with the addition of Derrek Lee.

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

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 December 2010 at 3:11 pm

The Orioles have some work left to do before spring training as they still need a starting 1B, a veteran starting pitcher, a lefty reliever and a pitcher to compete with Koji Uehara for the closer’s job. Derrek Lee or Adam LaRoche would be a great fit at 1B and they are both still free agents. I would also consider signing either Brad Penny or John Maine on an incentive laden deal as they could both pitch near the top of the rotation if healthy. The Orioles have been in contact with Kevin Gregg with the idea that he would be the closer in 2011. I think a better and cheaper alternative might be to bring in a guy like Jon Rauch to compete with Uehara for the closer’s job because Uehara deserves a chance to close based on how he pitched last year. I think Hideki Okajima would be a good fit as the second lefty in the pen behind Mike Gonzalez. If the Orioles can fill those four needs that they have, they will not finish in last place in the A.L. East in 2011.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 14 December 2010 at 9:50 pm

The Orioles have signed 28-year old righty reliever Jeremy Accardo to a 1-year, $1.08 million dollar deal. Accardo pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays last season and he was 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. He also pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 3-2 with 24 saves, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Accardo has now pitched in 204 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 7-17 with 38 saves, a 3.95 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. I like this move for the Orioles as Accardo has been a solid major league pitcher in the not so distant past.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Cesar Izturis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 11 December 2010 at 12:18 am

The Orioles have signed 30-year old switch hitting SS/2B Cesar Izturis to a 1-year, $1.5 million dollar deal. Izturis played in 150 games last season for the Orioles and he was 109 of 473 (.230 avg, .545 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 1 homer, 28 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,167 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,030 of 4,025 (.256 avg, .619 OPS) with 418 runs scored, 15 homers, 289 RBIs and 109 stolen bases. Izturis will serve as the Orioles utility man in the infield as he can handle SS, 2B or 3B defensively.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire J.J. Hardy from the Twins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 9 December 2010 at 6:57 pm

The Orioles have acquired 28-year old righty swinging shortstop J.J. Hardy, 30-year old righty swinging infielder Brendan Harris and $500K from the Twins for 27-year old righty reliever Jim Hoey and 24-year old righty reliever Brett Jacobson. Hardy played in 101 games for the Twins last season and he was 91 of 340 (.268 avg, .714 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 6 hoimers and 38 RBIs. He has now played in 672 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 634 of 2,415 (.263 avg, .746 OPS) with 323 runs scored, 81 homers and 303 RBIs. Brendan Harris played in 43 games for the Twins last season and he was 17 of 108 (.157 avg, .446 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. Harris has now played in 485 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 412 of 1,587 (.260 avg, .701 OPS) with 194 runs scored, 29 homers, 158 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.

Jim Hoey pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the O’s last season and he was 6-0 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. But, Hoey never pitched well for the O’s. He pitched in 35 games (0 starts) in parts of two years with the Orioles and he was 3-5 with a 8.13 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Brett Jacobson came into last season as the Orioles’ #16 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Jacobson pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in A-ball last season and he was 8-1 with 1 save, a 2.79 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. He pitched in 97 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he was 12-8 with 8 saves, a 3.09 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

I really like this deal as the Orioles have now rebuilt the left side of their infield with Hardy and Reynolds.

The Baltimore Orioles pick Adrian Rosario in the Rule 5 Draft

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 9 December 2010 at 6:48 pm

The Orioles have picked 21-year old righty reliever Adrian Rosario in the Rule 5 Draft away from the Brewers. Rosario pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in Rookie+A-ball last season and he was 5-0 with 3 saves, a 3.50 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He whiffed 59 batters in only 46 1/3 innings as he was pretty nasty last season. Rosario has pitched in 59 games (15 starts) in his four years in the minors and he is 12-13 with 4 saves, a 4.82 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Rosario has a nice upside but he will still be a longshot to make the O’s bullpen in 2011.

The Baltimore Orioles re-sign Koji Uehara

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 9 December 2010 at 9:23 am

The Orioles have re-signed 35-year old righty reliever Koji Uehara to a 1-year deal with a vesting option for 2012. Uehara pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 1-2 with 13 saves, a 2.86 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He only gave up 37 hits in 44 innings pitched last season while whiffing 55 batters and only walking 5. Uehara has pitched in 55 games (12 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 3-6 with 13 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Uehara did a good job in the second half of last season as the closer for the O’s and that will be his likely role in 2011.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Mark Reynolds from the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 6 December 2010 at 6:28 pm

The Orioles have acquired 27-year old righty swinging 3B Mark Reynolds from the D-Backs for 25-year old righty reliever David Hernandez and 26-year old righty reliever Kam Mickolio. Reynolds played in 145 games for the D-Backs last season and he was 99 of 499 (.198 avg, .753 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 32 homers, 85 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Reynolds whiffed 211 times last season so his power doesn’t come without some holes in his swing. Reynolds has now played in 563 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 480 of 1,982 (.242 avg, .817 OPS) with 326 runs scored, 121 homers, 346 RBIs and 42 stolen bases. Reynolds has led the majors in whiffs three straight years and he has 767 in his first four years in the majors. Still, despite the warts to Reynolds’ game, he still has some of the best pure power in the majors and I expect that he will hit 35-40 homers for the Orioles in 2011.

David Hernandez pitched in 41 games (8 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 8-8 with 2 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He pitched in 61 games (27 starts) in his two years with the O’s and he was 12-18 with 2 saves, a 4.93 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. Kam Mickolio pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the O’s last season and he was 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA and a 2.18 WHIP. He pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the O’s and he was 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

The Orioles gave up two solid bullpen arms to get Reynolds but I love this trade for them. Reynolds should add a ton of power to the Orioles’ lineup going forward.

UPDATE: (12/9/2010) - The Orioles will also receive either a player to be named later or cash considerations to complete this deal.

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