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Baltimore Orioles MLB News - Orioles Baseball Blog » 2012 » December

The Baltimore Orioles sign David Quinowski

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 23 December 2012 at 1:37 pm

The Orioles have signed 26-year old lefty reliever David Quinowski to a mninor league deal. Quinowski pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in Independent ball last year and he was 3-2 with 1 save, a 4.43 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has now pitched in 229 games (1 start) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 21-13 with 9 saves, a 2.70 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. The Orioles will likely start him in AA-ball in 2013, but he could move up quickly if he pitches well there.

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Adam Greenberg to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 20 December 2012 at 8:13 pm

The Orioles have signed 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Adam Greenberg to a minor league deal. Greenberg played in 1 game for the Marlins last year and he was 0 for 1 as he whiffed against N.L. Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. He only has played in 1 other game in his major league career, and he got hit by a pitch in his only at bat in that game. Greenberg last played in the minors in 2011 in Independent ball. Greenberg has played in 1,021 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 940 of 3,569 (.263 avg, .755 OPS) with 622 runs scored, 43 homers, 324 RBIs and 254 stolen bases. Greenberg will likely start the 2013 season in AA or AAA-ball for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles sign 1B Travis Ishikawa

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 December 2012 at 8:44 pm

The Orioles have signed 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Travis Ishikawa. Ishikawa played in 94 games for the Giants last year and he was 39 of 152 (.257 avg, .757 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers and 30 RBIs. He has now played in 375 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 199 of 755 (.264 avg, .733 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 19 homers, 110 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Ishikawa will get a shot to win a bench job for the Orioles next spring.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Daniel Schlereth

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 December 2012 at 8:42 pm

The Orioles have signed 26-year old lefty reliever Daniel Schlereth to a minor league deal. Schlereth pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Tigers last year and he was 0-0 with a 10.29 ERA and a 2.71 WHIP. Schlereth also pitched in 11 games (6 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Tigers last year in which he was 0-0 with a 2.79 ERA and a 2.07 WHIP. He has now pitched in 94 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 5-6 with 1 save, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Schlereth could help the Orioles in 2013, if he’s over the shoulder problems that dogged him last year.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Zach Braddock

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 December 2012 at 8:39 pm

The Orioles have signed 25-year old lefty reliever Zach Braddock to a minor league deal. Braddock pitched in 8 games (2 starts) in A+AAA-ball for the Brewers last year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 2.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Braddock last pitched in the majors back in 2011 for the Brewers. Braddock has pitched in 71 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 1-3 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Braddock will get a shot to win a job in the O’s pen next spring.

UPDATE:  (5/25/2013) - The Orioles have released Zach Braddock.  He never pitched in the majors or minors with the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Niuman Romero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 17 December 2012 at 2:24 pm

The Orioles have signed 27-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Niuman Romero to a minor league deal. Romero played in 135 games in AA-ball for the Tigers last year and he was 157 of 523 (.300 avg, .788 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 9 homers, 67 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Romero last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Red Sox. Romero has played in 12 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 2 for 18 (.111 avg, .269 OPS) with 3 runs scored. Romero will get a shot to make the team next spring, but he’s more likely to open the 2013 season in AAA-ball.

The Baltimore Orioles have been thrifty so far in the off-season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were G.M. by chinmusic on Saturday 8 December 2012 at 7:32 pm

The Orioles have been thrifty so far in the off-season. They re-signed Nate McLouth, Lew Ford and Luis Ayala…..which were all smart moves as they all returned for the right prices. The Orioles have also traded for Danny Valencia, Trayvon Robinson and Yamaico Navarro so far this off-season and they will all compete for bench spots. Alexi Casilla and Conor Jackson were also picked up to compete for roster spots in spring training. The Orioles still have holes at 2B, 1B or DH (depending on where Chris Davis plays) and they could probably use a veteran for the starting rotation. Here is how I would go about filling some of these holes. I would try to wait out 2B Kelly Johnson and try to sign him for below market value on a 1-year contract. I think I would spend some money and try to sign 1B Adam LaRoche with the idea of DHing Chris Davis (where his mitt won’t hurt the team). For the starting pitcher, I would try to bring back Joe Saunders. If the O’s miss on him, I would consider bringing back Erik Bedard or possibly Roy Oswalt (if he’s focused) as they were both still throwing hard last year. The Orioles are close to being a legit World Series contender, so it’s the right time to spend some cash.

The Baltimore Orioles selected T.J. McFarland in the Rule 5 Draft

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 5:34 pm

The Orioles selected 23-year old lefty starting pitcher T.J. McFarland in the Rule 5 Draft away from the Indians. McFarland pitched in 27 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year for the Indians and he was 16-8 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has now pitched in 116 games (107 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 48-31 with 1 save, a 3.83 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. McFarland came into last season as the Indians’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America. McFarland is a legit prospect and he will get a shot to make the Orioles’ pitching staff next spring.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Conor Jackson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at 11:08 pm

The Orioles have signed 30-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Conor Jackson to a minor league deal. Jackson played in 88 games in AAA-ball with the White Sox last year and he was 88 of 318 (.277 avg, .797 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He last played in the majors back in 2011 with the A’s and Red Sox. Jackson has played in 658 games in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 591 of 2,184 (.271 avg, .757 OPS) with 291 runs scored, 52 homers, 295 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Jackson will get the shot to compete for a bench job next spring.

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Adam Russell

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at 5:15 pm

The Orioles have signed 29-year old righty reliever Adam Russell to a minor league deal. Russell pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Braves and Angels last year in which he was 3-3 with 1 save, a 7.02 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2011 for the Rays. He has pitched in 85 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Russell will be a longshot to win a job in the Orioles’ pen next spring, but he might help them out at some point in 2013, as he has a big time right arm.

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