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 acquire Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:08 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Kyle Lobstein from the Pittsburgh Pirates for 29-year old lefty reliever Zach Phillips.  Lobstein pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Pirates this year and he was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He gave up 25 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 15 batters in his 25 innings pitched for the Pirates this year.  Lobstein has now pitched in 34 games (17 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 6-10 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Phillips pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 9-3 with 1 save, a 4.45 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

UPDATE:  Shortly after acquiring Kyle Lobstein, the Orioles designated him for assignment to claim outfielder Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Rangers.

UPDATE II:  (9/3/2016) – The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted Kyle Lobstein to AAA.

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.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Wade Miley from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 5:35 am

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Wade Miley from the Mariners for 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Ariel Miranda.  Miley pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Mariners this year and he was 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He has given up 117 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 82 batters in his first 112 innings this year.  Miley has now pitched in 157 games (153 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 56-54 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Miley was an All-Star for the Diamondbacks in 2012.  He is a very average pitcher, but average is a huge improvement for the Orioles in their rotation.  He will likely be their #3 starter moving forward.  Miranda came into this season as the Orioles’ #23 prospect according to Baseball America.  Miranda pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  Miranda also pitched in 19 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 4-7 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  This was a good deal for the Orioles as they improved their starting rotation some without giving up too much.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Franderlyn Romero from the Cincinnati Reds

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:29 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Franderlyn Romero from the Cincinnati Reds for a couple of international signing slots.  Romero pitched in 8 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Reds this year and he was 1-4 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  He has given up 46 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 42 batters in his first 47 innings in the minors so far this year.  Romero has now pitched in 78 games (62 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 15-25 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  I like this deal for the Orioles, as Romero gives them a decent prospect that is further along in his development than someone they can sign from another country.

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 deal Alfredo Marte to the Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 5:07 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have dealt 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Alfredo Marte to the Philadelphia Phillies for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Marte played in 2 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 2 whiffs.  Marte has played in 71 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 28 for 155 (.181 avg, .532 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This is no loss to the Orioles moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Jayson Aquino from the Cardinals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 10:42 am

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old lefty staring pitcher Jayson Aquino from the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations.  Aquino pitched in 24 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Blue Jays, Pirates and Indians last year and he was 5-11 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Aquino has now pitched in 99 games (98 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 32-37 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  The Orioles have sent Aquino to AA-ball to begin his career with them.

The Baltimore Orioles deal Chris Jones to the Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 7:45 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have dealt 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Chris Jones to the Los Angeles Angels for 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Natanael Delgado and 22-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Erick Salcedo.  Jones pitched in 30 games (22 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 8-8 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Delgado came into this season as the Angels’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America.  Delgado played in 108 games in A-ball for the Angels last year and he was 99 of 411 (.241 avg, .631 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  In his first three years in the minors, Delgado has played in 197 games in which he is 197 of 756 (.261 avg, .691 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 12 homers, 100 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Salcedo played in 95 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 65 of 280 (.232 avg, .535 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 0 homers, 16 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  He has now played in 394 games in his first six years in the minors and he was 299 of 1,236 (.242 avg, .604 OPS) with 176 runs scored, 0 homers, 105 RBIs and 55 stolen bases.  The Orioles had just designated Jones earlier this week, and chances were that he wasn’t going to clear waivers.  So this deal was a good one for them as Delgado has shown some ability in the minors.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Edgar Olmos from the Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 2:58 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 25-year old lefty reliever/starter Edgar Olmos from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.  Olmos pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  He also pitched in 20 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Mariners last year and he was 1-1 with 1 save, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Olmos has now pitched in 11 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  Olmos will compete with Zach Phillips for a bullpen spot with Brian Matusz likely to start the 2016 season on the DL.

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