The Baltimore Orioles DFA Travis Ishikawa

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 4:22 pm

The Orioles have designated 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment.  Ishikawa played in 6 games for the Orioles this year and he was 2 for 17 (.118 avg, .284 OPS) with 1 RBI.  He has now played in 381 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 201 of 772 (.260 avg, .723 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 19 homers, 111 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He will have no problem finding a new team.  That being said, the Orioles won’t miss him too much.

UPDATE:  (7/7/2013) – Travis Ishikawa has been claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Eric Thames from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 3:56 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Eric Thames from the Seattle Mariners for 24-year old switch-hitting 2B/3B/OF Ty Kelly.  Thames played in 57 games in AAA-ball for the Mariners this year and he is 64 of 217 (.295 avg, .861 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 33 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Thames last played in the majors in 2012 for the Mariners and Blue Jays.  He has played in 181 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 158 of 633 (.250 avg, .727 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 21 homers, 62 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Thames will start his career in AAA-ball for he Orioles when he recovers from a fractured left hand.  Ty Kelly came into this season as the O’s #30 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 72 games in AA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 80 for 283 (.283 avg, .771 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 1 homer, 47 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Kelly played in 515 games in his five years in the minors for the Orioles and he was 545 of 1,924 (.283 avg, .759 OPS) with 287 runs scored, 21 homers, 239 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  This was a good deal for the Orioles as Thames will likely be able to help them out later on in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Jair Jurrjens

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 3:51 pm

The Orioles have designated 27-year old righty starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for assignment.  Jurrjens pitched in 2 games (1 start) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Jurrjens has now pitched in 128 games (126 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 53-37 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  He might not clear waivers, but the Orioles needed his roster spot for 35-year old switch-hitting 2B Brian Roberts, who has been activated off the 60-day D.L.  Roberts played in 3 games earlier this year for the O’s and he was 5 for 12 (.417 avg, .917 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles hope that Roberts can stay healthy this time around.

UPDATE:  (7/1/2013) – Jurrjens has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.

UPDATE II:  (7/13/2013) – Jurrjens has been designated for assignment again.  He has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Orioles in AAA-ball and he is 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  They will likely keep him if he clears waivers again.

UPDATE III:  (7/18/2013) – Jurrjens cleared waivers and then he rejected an outright assignment to AAA.  He will now be a free agent.

The Baltimore Orioles are likely dangling Jake Arrieta as trade bait

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trade Rumors by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 7:02 am

No one questions 27-year old righty starter Jake Arrieta’s arm strength or his quality stuff, but the Orioles definitely have him on the trade block.  He was reportedly offered to the San Diego Padres for righty starter Edison Volquez.  Arrieta is pitching in AAA right now for the Orioles.  He has pitched in 8 games (7 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 4-3 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year in which he is 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  Arrieta has now pitched in 69 games (63 starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  I think opposing teams think that a change of scenery would get Arrieta to reach his full potential.  With that in mind, the Orioles can’t sell him too low.

Dylan Bundy will miss the rest of the 2013 season for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 3:38 pm

20-year old righty starting pitcher Dylan Bundy will miss the rest of the 2013 season and probably around half of the 2014 season as he will have Tommy John Surgery this Thursday.  Bauer did not pitch at all this year as his elbow has been bothering him since spring training.  Bundy pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Orioles at the end of last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Bundy also pitched in 23 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  Bauer has given up only 67 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his 103 2/3 innings in the minors last year.  Bundy came into this season as the Orioles’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.

Trent Howard is looking good in A-ball for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 6:30 am

23-year old lefty reliever/starter Trent Howard is off to a good start in A-ball for the Orioles.  He has pitched in 16 games (4 starts) in A-ball for the O’s so far this year and he is 3-0 with 1 save, a 1.51 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Howard has given up 33 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 41 2/3 innings, which is impressive.  Howard has now pitched in 54 games (31 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 12-12 with 1 save, a 3.57 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Howard could be in line for a promotion to AA-ball in the near future.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Freddy Garcia

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 24 June 2013 at 1:58 pm

The Orioles have designated 36-year old righty starting pitcher Freddy Garcia for assignment.  Garcia has pitched in 11 games (10 starts) for the Orioles this year and he is 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Garcia has given up 60 hits (16 homers) and he has walked 12 batters so far this year while whiffing 26 batters in only 53 innings so far this year.  He has gotten hit really hard so far this year, as he looks all used up.  Garcia has pitched in 370 games (354 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 155-106 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  This is absolutely no loss for the Orioles moving forward.

UPDATE:  (6/27/2013) – Freddy Garcia has cleared waivers and he has accepted an outright assignment to AAA.

The Baltimore Orioles need to make some deals

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were G.M. by joelapinski on Sunday 23 June 2013 at 12:39 pm

The Orioles are sitting at 42-33 (56%) so far in 2013, which has them in second place in the A.L. East, 2 games behind the Red Sox and 1/2 a game ahead of the Yankees.  The Orioles could use a legit everyday 2B as they can’t wait for Brian Roberts.  Jemile Weeks (A’s), Dustin Ackley (Mariners) and Darwin Barney (Cubs) are likely all available.  Barney has the best glove, but the worst bat and the smallest upside of that trio.  They could also use an everyday type DH.  Alfonso Soriano (Cubs) and Raul Ibanez (Mariners) both make a lot of sense for the Orioles.  They could also use a solid starting pitcher and there are going to be a lot of those available.  Scott Feldman (Cubs), Matt Garza (Cubs), Joe Saunders (Mariners), Ricky Nolasco (Marlins) and Kyle Lohse all make sense here.  While the Cubs (Barney, Soriano, Feldman and Garza) and the Mariners (Ackley, Ibanez and Saunders) are perfect matches for the Orioles needs, I think they might try to limit the cost by making separate deals to fill holes.  The A’s would probably jump at an offer of Jake Arrieta straight up for Jemile Weeks.  Steve Johnson would be more than enough to pry Raul Ibanez from the Mariners.  Finally a package of minor league prospects to the Marlins for Ricky Nolasco and the Orioles are ready to win the A.L. East.

The Baltimore Orioles place Steve Pearce on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 4:03 pm

The Orioles have placed 30-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20th, due to left wrist tendinitis.  He has played in 28 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 19 for 81 (.235 avg, .694 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pearce has now played in 56 games in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 37 of 152 (.243 avg, .724 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers, 23 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles should be o.k. until Pearce returns to action.

Chris Davis continues to rake for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 6:52 am

27-year old lefty swinging 1B Chris Davis continues to rake for the Baltimore Orioles.  He has played in 18 games so far in June and he is 21 of 73 (.288 avg, .969 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 7 homers and 16 RBIs.  Davis has now played in 72 games overall this year and he is 89 for 264 (.337 avg, 1.132 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 26 homers and 66 RBIs.  He leads the major leagues in homers (26), slugging percentage (.720) and OPS (1.132) right now.  Now, Davis has whiffed 78 times already this year and if that continues, you have to think that his batting average will start to come down (like is has so far in June).  That won’t effect his power though.

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