The Baltimore Orioles acquire two young pitchers from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:23 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon Barker and 23-year old lefty reliever Trevor Belicek from the Atlanta Braves for 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz and the #76 overall pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft.  Barker pitched in 9 games (8 starts) in AA-ball for the Braves so far this year and he was 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 45 innings this year.  Barker has now pitched in 50 games (40 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 20-14 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Belicek pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 32 batters in his 28 1/3 innings in the minors for the Braves this year.  Belicek has now pitched in 26 games (9 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 8-0 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Matusz was pretty awful for the Orioles this year.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 11 hits (3 homers) and 7 walks while whiffing 1 batter in only 6 innings pitched for the Orioles this year!  Matusz pitched in 279 games (68 starts) in his 8 years with the Orioles and he was 27-41 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  The Orioles got a couple of decent prospects for a draft pick and they saved Matusz’ salary as the Braves picked up the rest of it.  I like this deal for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles place Jimmy Paredes on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 8:29 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Jimmy Paredes on waivers.  His rehab assignment is over and the Orioles have chosen not to call him up.  He played in 18 games in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 20 for 65 (.308 avg, .847 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  In his two years with the Orioles, Paredes has played in 122 games in which he is 116 of 416 (.279 avg, .738 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers, 50 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  If Paredes clears waivers (and he might not), he can reject an outright assignment to the minors and become a free agent.

UPDATE:  (5/16/2016) – The Orioles have lost Jimmy Paredes on waivers to the A.L. East rival Toronto Blue Jays.

The Baltimore Orioles lose J.J. Hardy for the next 6-8 weeks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 2 May 2016 at 3:11 pm

The Baltimore Orioles will be without starting shortstop J.J. Hardy for the next 6-8 weeks due to a fractured foot.  Hardy has played in 22 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 19 of 78 (.244 avg, .701 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  The Orioles will likely slide Manny Machado over to SS to replace Hardy.  With Pedro Alvarez and 29-year old lefty swinging Ryan Flaherty handling the hot corner.  Flaherty played in 4 games earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  Flaherty played in 5 games in AAA-ball after his demotion and he was 8 for 19 (.421 avg, .974 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

The Baltimore Orioles send Ryan Flaherty to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 7:47 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 29-year old lefty swinging IF/OF Ryan Flaherty to AAA.  Flaherty has played in 4 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 359 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 206 of 957 (.215 avg, .646 OPS) with 110 runs scored, 32 homers, 109 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Flaherty will probably be back with the Orioles at some point in 2016.

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed David Hale off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 28-year old righty reliever/starter David Hale off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.  Hale pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 66 games (20 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 10-10 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Hale will start his tenure in Baltimore in AAA-ball.  I really like this move for the Orioles, as Hale was a decent pitcher before he got to Coors Field.

The Baltimore Orioles are going to activate Kevin Gausman off the D.L. on Monday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 3:12 pm

The Baltimore Orioles are going to activate 25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman off the D.L. on Monday.  Gausman pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 0-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  Gausman has pitched in 65 games (42 starts) in his first three years with the O’s and he is 14-19 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that this is the year that Gausman puts it all together.

The Baltimore Orioles place Yovani Gallardo on the D.L.

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 3:09 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder and bicep tendinitis.  Gallardo has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He has allowed 23 hits and 7 walks in his first 18 innings while only whiffing 9 batters.  He was having a hard time getting his fastball into the mid to upper 80’s, which was a sure sign that something was wrong with him.  The O’s signed him to a 2-year, $22 million dollar deal despite having some red flags show up in his physical concerning his right shoulder….so they have no one to blame but the front office for this happening.  The Orioles have activated 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz off the D.L. to replace Gallardo on the roster.  Matusz pitched in 5 games (1 start) in A+AA-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Matusz should help bolster the Orioles’ bullpen.

Jimmy Paredes will start the 2016 season on the D.L. for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 1 April 2016 at 11:02 am

27-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jimmy Paredes will start the 2016 season on the disabled list due to a wrist injury.  Paredes played in 104 games for the Orioles last year and he was 100 of 363 (.275 avg, .726 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 10 homers, 42 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 249 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 204 of 793 (.257 avg, .662 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 15 homers, 81 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  The Orioles have some issues in the outfield right now, so they hope Paredes won’t be out too long.

The Baltimore Orioles release Hideki Okajima

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6:41 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have released 40-year old lefty reliever Hideki Okajima.  Okajima pitched in 10 games (0 starts) last year for Yokohama in Japan and he was 0-2 with a 8.59 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  He last pitched in the show in 2013 for the Oakland A’s.  Okajima has pitched in 266 games (0 starts) in his six years in the show and he is 17-8 with 6 saves, a 3.09 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He was an American League All-Star in 2007 for the Boston Red Sox and he finished 6th in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.  This is probably the last you will see of Okajima in the United States.

The Baltimore Orioles release Miguel Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 5:20 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have released 31-year old righty starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.  Gonzalez pitched in 5 games (all starts) in spring training for the Orioles and he is 1-4 with a 12.65 ERA and a 2.37 WHIP!  Gonzalez pitched in 26 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-12 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Gonzalez pitched in 101 games (95 starts) in his four years with the Orioles and he was 39-33 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Even though Gonzalez got beat up this spring, he has been a good pitcher for the Orioles.  I think they will miss him and he will hook on with another team in the near future.

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