The word on the street according to The Sun‘s Dan Connolly is that Corey Patterson arrived in Charm City this morning, probably not for a date at the Cheesecake Factory.
You remember Corey Patterson, don’t you? He’s the former Chicago Cubs prospect who the O’s picked up off the scrap heap in 2006. He played for two seasons in Baltimore before the club let him walk away. Patterson struggled on Dusty Baker’s Reds in 2008. In ’09, he had only 29 major league at bats.
Patterson is a free swinger, and he’ll join fellow free swingers Miguel Tejada, Ty Wigginton, and Adam Jones on what could be the first-ever major league lineup to average seeing fewer than one pitch per at bat.
Patterson is a speedy outfielder who stole a career-high 45 bases in 2006, prompting some within the organization to see him as a long-term solution in center. With Andy MacPhail at the helm following the ’07 season, the O’s parted ways with Patterson the same year in which they traded away Miguel Tejada.
Patterson has hit well in Norfolk since the O’s brought him in this season, but he is 31 years-old and has done nothing to prove he can succeed in the majors. There’s a reason he was available for a minor league contract this year. With his career .290 OBP, Patterson will try to solidify an outfield that is only getting consistent production from Nick Markakis at the moment.
Most fans will likely see this as a desperate move. It is. At 9-24, I suppose a desperate change is better than no change at all. What’s next, bringing back Kevin Millar? I hear he’s available.