The Baltimore Orioles will be without Steve Pearce indefintely

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 6:46 am

The Baltimore Orioles will be without 33-year old righty swinging 1B/2B/OF/DH Steve Pearce indefinitely due to a ailing right elbow.  Pearce has played in 25 games for the Orioles since they acquired him in deal with the Rays and he is 13 of 60 (.217 avg, .729 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBI.  He has now played in 85 games overall this year for the Orioles and Rays in which he is 76 of 264 (.288 avg, .867 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 13 homers and 35 RBI.  Pearce has now played in 291 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 225 of 882 (.255 avg, .810 OPS) with 124 runs scored, 46 homers, 122 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  The Orioles will miss Pearce’s bat off the bench.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Michael Bourn from the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 8:33 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder Michael Bourn from the Arizona Diamondbacks for 20-year old righty swinging outfielder Jason Heinrich.  Bourn played in 89 games for the D-Backs this year and he was 86 of 329 (.261 avg, .669 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 3 homers, 30 RBI and 13 stolen bases.  Bourn has now played in 1,337 games in his first 11 years in the show and he is 1,259 of 4,738 (.266 avg, .686 OPS) with 673 runs scored, 34 homers, 353 RBI and 339 stolen bases.  He has also played in 4 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1 for 10 (.100 avg, .200 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Bourn is a two time All-Star and he has won two Gold Glove Awards so far in his career.  Heinrich played in 44 games in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 34 of 147 (.231 avg, .648 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBI and 1 stolen base.  I like this move for the Orioles as Bourn will give them a speed dimension both in the field and on the bases.

The Baltimore Orioles claim Drew Stubbs off of waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:16 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Texas Rangers.  Stubbs played in 39 games for the Braves and Rangers last year in which he was 15 of 58 (.259 avg, .757 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Stubbs has now played in 881 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 682 of 2,790 (.244 avg, .710 OPS) with 443 runs scored, 92 homers, 282 RBI and 160 stolen bases.  I like this move for the Orioles, as Stubbs can play all three outfield spots defensively.  He also adds power and speed to the lineup when he’s in it.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Ashur Tolliver

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:12 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver for assignment.  Tolliver pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  He also pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 1.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles if another team claims him off waivers.

UPDATE:  (9/3/2016) – The Orioles have lost Ashur Tolliver on waivers to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Julio Borbon

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 10:25 am

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.  Borbon played in 6 games for the Orioles this year and he was 4 of 13 (.308 avg, 615 OPS) with 1 run scored.  Borbon has now played in 294 games in his first five years in the show and he is 219 of 802 (.273 avg, .665 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 8 homers, 76 RBI and 47 stolen bases.

UPDATE:  (8/30/2016) – The Orioles have outrighted Julio Borbon to AAA.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA T.J. McFarland

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 10:22 am

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 27-year old lefty reliever T.J. McFarland for assignment.  McFarland pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.  He gave up 33 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his 24 2/3 innings for the Orioles this year, so he got hit extremely hard this year.  McFarland pitched in 121 games (2 starts) for the Orioles in his four years with the Orioles and he was 12-7 with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (9/29/2016) – The Orioles have sent T.J. McFarland to AAA.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Tommy Hunter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 10:19 am

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 30-year old righty reliever Tommy Hunter to a 1-year deal and he made his debut with them yesterday.  He worked 1 shutout inning yesterday for the O’s, allowing 1 hit and whiffing 1 batter.  Hunter pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Cleveland Indians earlier this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Hunter has now pitched in 213 games (31 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 21-20 with 15 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Hunter has now pitched in 306 games (75 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 48-35 with 16 saves, a 4.29 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  I like this move for the Orioles, as Hunter will help them lengthen the pen.

The Baltimore Orioles place Chris Tillman on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 7:22 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 28-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 21st, due to right shoulder inflammation.  Tillman has pitched in 26 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 15-5 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He has given up 136 hits and 58 walks while whiffing 126 batters in his first 153 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  32-year old righty Ubaldo Jimenez will replace Tillman in the rotation, but he will have to pitch well to get more than one start this time around.  Jimenez has pitched in 22 games (18 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 5-10 with 1 save, a 6.94 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  He has given up 122 hits and 59 walks while whiffing 87 batters in his first 94 2/3 innings this year for the Orioles, as he has truly been awful!  The Orioles have called up 26-year old righty starting pitcher Mike Wright to replace Tillman on the active roster.  Wright has pitched in 14 games (12 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-4 with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Wright has given up 76 hits (12 homers) and 26 walks while whiffing 48 batters in his first 69 1/3 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  The Orioles hope that Tillman only has to miss a couple of weeks, as he has been by far their best starting pitcher in 2016!

The Baltimore Orioles sign Chris Dickerson

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 9:20 am

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal.  He will be assigned to AA-ball to start his time with the Orioles.  Dickerson hasn’t play anywhere this year.  He played in 38 games in AAA-ball for the Blue Jays last year and he was 38 of 141 (.270 avg, .694 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Dickerson last played in the show in 2014 for the Cleveland Indians.  Dickerson has played in 355 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 185 of 721 (.257 avg, .730 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 17 homers, 66 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  The Orioles might bring Dickerson up when rosters expand in September, as long as he looks good in the minors the next couple of weeks.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 6:05 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 33-year old righty swinging 1B/2B/OF Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays for 21-year old switch-hitting catcher Jonah Heim.

Pearce played in 60 games for the Tampa Bay Rays this year and he was 63 of 204 (.309 avg, .908 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 10 homers and 29 RBIs.  He is coming back to the Orioles.  He has played in 266 games in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 212 of 822 (.258 avg, .816 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 43 homers, 116 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Pearce has now played in 544 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 403 of 1,579 (.255 avg, .776 OPS) with 199 runs scored, 63 homers, 209 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Heim came into this season as the Orioles’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America, solely on the strength of his defense.  Heim played in 88 games in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 63 of 291 (.216 avg, .644 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers, 30 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

This was a great deal for the Orioles.  I see Pearce playing a lot of left field for the Orioles the rest of the year for them in 2016.

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