The Baltimore Orioles deal Luis Ayala to the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 April 2013 at 1:39 pm

The Orioles have dealt 35-year old righty reliever Luis Ayala to the Atlanta Braves for 24-year old lefty reliever Chris Jones.  Ayala pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  Ayala pitched in 68 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Orioles and he was 6-5 with 1 save, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Jones pitched in 1 game (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Jones has now pitched in 156 games (24 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 24-20 with 5 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  This deal was more about opening a roster spot for 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Chris Dickerson, who was called up to replace Ayala on the active roster, than getting true value back from the Braves.  Dickerson has played in 6 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 3 for 15 (.200 avg, .627 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.  Dickerson has played in 258 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 138 of 518 (.266 avg, .760 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.

Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce can’t buy a hit right now for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 April 2013 at 1:31 pm

26-year old lefty swinging 2B Ryan Flaherty and 29-year old righty swinging DH/1B/OF Steve Pearce have night been able to buy a hit for the Orioles so far in 2013.  Flaherty has played in 4 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 0 for 14 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 6 whiffs.  Pearce has played in 3 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 0 for 10 (.000 avg, .091 OPS) with 1 walk and 5 whiffs.  These guys are going to start seeing their P.T. diminish if they don’t start hitting better in the near future.

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