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.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Mike Morse from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 30 August 2013 at 1:44 pm

The Orioles have acquired 31-year old righty swinging OF/DH/1B Mike Morse from the Seattle Mariners for 23-year old lefty swinging outfielder Xavier Avery.  Morse played in 76 games for the Mariners this year and he was 64 of 283 (.226 avg, .693 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 13 homers and 27 RBIs.  He has now played in 561 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 520 of 1,829 (.284 avg, .816 OPS) with 230 runs scored, 83 homers, 272 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Avery played in 120 games in AA+AAA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 118 of 455 (.259 avg, .686 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 3 homers, 35 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.  Avery did play in 32 games for the Orioles last year in which he was 21 of 94 (.223 avg, .645 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Morse gives the Orioles another big bat for the stretch run.  I love this pickup for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Bud Norris from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 2:57 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 28-year old righty starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Astros for 23-year old righty swinging outfielder L.J. Hoes, 19-year old lefty starting pitcher Josh Hader and a 2014 competitive balance draft pick.  Norris pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Astros this year and he was 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Norris has given up 135 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 90 batters in his 126 innings so far this year.  Norris has pitched in 119 games (118 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 34-46 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Norris will replace the struggling Jason Hammel in the starting rotation and it should be a nice upgrade for the Orioles.  L.J. Hoes came into this season as the Orioles’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Hoes played in 1 game for the Orioles this year and he was 0 for 3 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Hoes also played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the O’s this year and he was 111 of 365 (.304 avg, .808 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 3 homers, 40 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Hoes played in 3 games in his two years with the Orioles and he was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Hader came into this season as the Orioles’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  Hader pitched in 17 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 3-6 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Orioles paid full price for Norris, but they are in a win now mode, so I think this improves their chances of making the playoffs in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 July 2013 at 8:07 pm

The Orioles have acquired 31-year old righty reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for 21-year old lefty swinging 3B/1B Nick Delmonico.  Rodriguez pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Brewers this year and he was 1-1 with 10 saves, a 1.09 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  Rodriguez only gave up 17 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 24 2/3 innings for the Brewers this year and those are impressive numbers.  Rodriguez has now pitched in 707 games (0 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 39-35 with 304 saves, a 2.64 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Rodriguez is currently tied for #21 in Major League History in saves (with Jeff Montgomery) with his 304 saves.  Delmonico came into this season as the Orioles’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 60 games in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 55 of 225 (.244 avg, .822 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Rodriguez didn’t come cheaply as Delmonico is a legit prospect, but he will help the Orioles at the back end of the bullpen the rest of the way in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Russ Canzler

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 2:45 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 1B/3B/DH Russ Canzler for assignment.  Canzler played in 86 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 89 of 323 (.276 avg, .799 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Canzler last played in the majors in 2012 with the Indians.  He has played in 29 games in his first two years in the majors and he was 26 of 96 (.271 avg, .700 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs.  Canzler might not clear waivers.

UPDATE:  (7/13/2013) – The Orioles have dealt Russ Canzler to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 24-year old righty reliever Tim Alderson.  Alderson pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Pirates this year and he was 4-1 with 2 saves, a 2.43 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  He has given up 44 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 55 2/3 innings in the majors so far this year, which are solid numbers.  Alderson has now pitched in 180 games (90 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 43-25 with 5 saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  I like this deal for the O’s as Alderson was a very highly thought of prospect not too long ago.

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