The Baltimore Orioles lose catcher Craig Tatum on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 8:39 pm

The Orioles have lost 28-year old righty swinging catcher Craig Tatum on waivers to the Houston Astros. Tatum played in 31 games for the Orioles this year and he was 17 of 87 (.195 avg, .475 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 74 games in his two years with the Orioles and he was 49 for 201 (.244 avg, .583 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 0 homers, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Orioles won’t miss Tatum too much as they should be able to bring in a better catcher to back up Matt Wieters next year and beyond.

Jeremy Accardo elects to leave the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 18 October 2011 at 7:37 am

29-year old righty reliever Jeremy Accardo has elected to leave the Baltimore Orioles by becoming a free agent. He pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in 2011 and he was 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Accardo has now pitched in 235 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 10-20 with 38 saves, a 4.20 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Accardo is going to hook on with another team over the winter on a minor league deal, but the Orioles aren’t going to miss him based on the way he pitched in 2011.

Mitch Atkins elects free agency over a return to the Baltimore Orioles in 2012

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 18 October 2011 at 7:34 am

26-year old righty relief pitcher Mitch Atkins has elected free agency over a return to the O’s in 2012. He pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 0-0 with a 8.44 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. Atkins has now pitched in 10 games (3 starts) in parts of three years in the majors and he is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. This is no loss to the Orioles going forward.

The Baltimore Orioles have two impending free agents

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 13 October 2011 at 2:59 pm

The Baltimore Orioles only have two impending free agents after the World Series. Here’s what I think about them staying or going:

Vladimir Guerrero: 36-year old righty swinging DH Vladimir Guerrero played in 145 games for the Orioles last year and he was 163 of 562 (.290 avg, .733 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 13 homers, 63 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He can still hit, but the power has left his bat. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Cesar Izturis: 31-year old switch-hitting shortstop Cesar Izturis only played in 18 games for the Orioles last year and he was 6 for 30 (.200 avg, .450 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. Robert Andino took his job while he was injured. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Felix Pie decides to become a free agent likely ending his days with the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 10 October 2011 at 12:35 pm

26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Felix Pie was rejected an outright assignment to AAA to become a free agent. Pie played in 85 games for the Orioles last year and he was 36 for 164 (.220 avg, .545 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He played in 268 games in his three years with the Orioles and he was 182 for 704 (.259 avg, .694 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 14 homers, 67 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Pie is going to get a chance with another team over the winter, but the Orioles are ready to move on from him.

2011 was a year to forget for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 October 2011 at 2:57 pm

The Baltimore Orioles spent some money last winter in an effort to compete in the A.L. East in 2011, but it just didn’t work out. The Orioles finished up with a 69-93 record as they finished last in the A.L. East, 28 games behind the Yankees. Here are some things that stood out in 2011:

TEAM MVP: This was a close call as Adam Jones had a solid year for the Orioles, but I think 29-year old righty swinging shortstop J.J. Hardy was the team MVP. He played solid defense and he really ripped the ball for the Orioles in 2011. Hardy played in 129 games for the Orioles in 2011 and he was 120 for 457 (.269 avg, .801 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 30 homers and 80 RBIs. Hardy has a bright future in Baltimore.

BEST PITCHER: 28-year old righty reliever Jim Johnson was by far the best pitcher the O’s had to offer in 2011. Johnson pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in 2011 and he was 6-5 with 9 saves, a 2.67 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Johnson only gave up 80 hits while walking 21 batters and whiffing 58 in 91 innings. He pretty much replaced Kevin Gregg as the closer late in the year, because he was the only one manager Buck Showalter could trust to protect a lead.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: 27-year old righty swinging infielder Robert Andino had been a career backup until this year. That was until Brian Roberts suffered a nasty concussion that caused him to miss most of this year. Andino took over at 2B and he never looked back. He played in 139 games for the Orioles this year and he was 120 for 457 (.263 avg, .670 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 5 homers, 36 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Andino has finally appeared to have found a home in Baltimore.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Brian Matusz was supposed to be a pitcher on the rise for the Orioles, but he was utterly pathetic for them in 2011. Matusz pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA and a 2.11 WHIP! He gave up 81 hits (18 homers) in only 49 2/3 innings this year while also walking 24 batters and whiffing 38. He’s going to have an uphill battle if he wants to get back in the good graces of the front office.

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