The Baltimore Orioles DFA Eric Thames

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 1:18 pm

The Orioles have designated 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Eric Thames.  Thames played in 41 games for the Orioles in Rookie+AAA-ball this year and he was 40 of 151 (.265 avg) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 16 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Thames has played in 98 games overall this year in Rookie+AAA-ball for the Orioles and Mariners in which he is 104 of 363 (.283 avg, .799 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 10 homers, 49 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Some team will take a chance on Thames, but he didn’t deserve to get called up by the Orioles, which led to this move.

UPDATE:  (9/5/2013) – The Orioles have lost Eric Thames off waivers to the Houston Astros.

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

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 31 August 2013 at 10:31 am

The Orioles have placed 30-year old righty swinging OF/1B Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 28th, due to left wrist inflammation.  Pearce has played in 38 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 26 of 108 (.241 avg, .689 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 66 games in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 44 of 179 (.246 avg, .716 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 6 homers, 23 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The arrival of Mike Morse via a trade with the Mariners, likely means that Pearce won’t play much when he returns to action.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Dan Johnson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 30 August 2013 at 1:47 pm

The Orioles have signed 34-year old lefty swinging 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league deal.  Johnson played in 133 games for the Yankees this year and he was 116 of 459 (.253 avg, .826 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 21 homers and 69 RBIs.  Johnson last played in the majors last year with the White Sox.  Johnson has played in 413 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 313 of 1,320 (.237 avg, .750 OPS) with 170 runs scored, 56 homers, 194 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles will likely call Johnson up when rosters expand on Sunday, as he has a knack for getting big hits in September.

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 send Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 29 August 2013 at 7:04 am

The Orioles have sent 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League.  Chen has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year and he is 7-7 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Those aren’t bad numbers, but he has been awful in August for the Orioles.  He started 5 games in August for the O’s and he was 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The Orioles have called up 22-year old Kevin Gausman to replace Chen on the roster and on the pitching staff.  Gausman has pitched in 9 games (5 starts) so far this year for the Orioles and he is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that Gausman is better for them this time around and they will likely bring Chen back up when rosters expand in September.

UPDATE:  (8/31/2013) – The Orioles are going to call Wei-Yin Chen back up tomorrow to start against the Yankees.

The Baltimore Orioles have released Lew Ford

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 7:24 am

The Orioles have released 37-year old righty swinging outfielder Lew Ford.  Ford played in 33 games in Rookie+AA+AAA-ball this year and he was 28 of 121 (.231 avg, .759 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 5 homers and 14 RBIs.  He did play in 25 games for the Orioles last year and he was 13 of 71 (.183 avg, .609 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This could be the end of Ford’s professional baseball career.

Chris Jones is looking pretty sharp in the minors for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 25 August 2013 at 11:55 am

24-year old lefty reliever Chris Jones could get his first shot at the show in September for the Orioles.  Jones has pitched in 32 games (2 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles and Braves so far this year and he is 3-3 with 2 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Jones has given up 76 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his first 72 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year.  Jones has now pitched in 187 games (26 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 27-23 with 7 saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  You can never have too many lefty relievers in September when you’re trying to make the playoffs.

The Baltimore Orioles deal Freddy Garcia to the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 2:29 pm

The Orioles have dealt 36-year old righty starting pitcher Freddy Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.  Garcia pitched in 11 games (10 starts) for the Orioles earlier this year and he was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Garcia gave up 60 hits (16 homers) and 12 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his 53 innings for the Orioles, as he got hit hard.  What likely interested the Braves in Garcia, is how well he pitched when he was sent to the minors.  Garcia pitched in 13 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles after his demotion and he was 8-3 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Orioles moving forward.

Brian Roberts is hitting well in August for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 4:15 pm

35-year old switch-hitting 2B Brian Roberts is shaking off the rust at the plate for the Orioles.  He has played in 12 games so far in August for the Orioles and he is 13 of 37 (.351 avg, .894 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 9 RBIs.  He is really locked in at the plate right now as he has walked more times (7) than he has whiffed (5) so far this month.  Roberts has now played in 41 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 36 of 131 (.275 avg, .720 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 23 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles hope that Roberts can stay healthy as he has really been helping them so far this month.

The Baltimore Orioles have solid Ronny Paulino’s contract to the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 3:16 pm

The Orioles have sold 32-year old righty swinging catcher Ronny Paulino’s contract to the Tigers.  Paulino played in 16 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 11 of 47 (.234 avg, .688 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Paulino played in 20 games for the O’s last year and he was 16 of 63 (.254 avg, .567 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles moving forward.

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