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Orioles bullpen appears all but set with Aceves reportedly cut

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

Needing to finalize their Opening Day 25-man roster by 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Orioles are reportedly parting ways with veteran relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves.

According to multiple outlets, the 31-year-old was informed he will not be making the 25-man roster and will exercise the opt-out clause in the minor-league deal he signed in the offseason. Aceves was 0-1 with a 4.50 earned run average in 10 innings of Grapefruit League action this spring.

Aceves’ departure likely leaves the final spot in the bullpen to former Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Evan Meek, who gave up one earned run and struck out 10 in nine innings this spring. Meek was a member of the 2010 National League All-Star team and spent last season in the Texas Rangers organization with Triple-A Round Rock.

The rest of the bullpen is expected to be composed of right-handers Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day, Ryan Webb, and Josh Stinson and left-handers Brian Matusz and Zach Britton. Veteran southpaw Troy Patton will begin serving a 25-game suspension for amphetamine use at the start of the season and will not count against the active roster.

Though 35 players still remain in major league camp, the Orioles appear to only have one big decision remaining as top position prospect Jonathan Schoop and Jemile Weeks are battling for a roster spot.

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Looking at the Orioles’ non-roster invitees in Sarasota

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Looking at the Orioles’ non-roster invitees in Sarasota

Posted on 14 February 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles officially began spring training with their first official workout on Friday as they look for a number of answers over the next six weeks leading up to Opening Day on March 31.

After examining the players on the 40-man roster earlier in the week, it’s time to take a look at the 19 non-roster invitees who will join the club in Sarasota and try to leave the kind of impression with manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette that warrants a spot on the major league roster.

Few likely have a real chance of migrating to Baltimore in late March, but many will be looking for a spot in the minor-league system in hopes of getting the call to join the Orioles at some point this season.

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RHP Alfredo Aceves
Opening Day age: 31
Musing: His experience pitching for both the Yankees and Red Sox over the last six years gives him a better chance than most non-roster arms to crack the Baltimore bullpen, but his personality clashes in Boston and a 1.73 WHIP last season are red flags that contrast his 3.69 career earned run average in the big leagues.

LHP Nick Additon
Opening Day age: 26
Musing: The southpaw spent the last seven years as a starter in the St. Louis Cardinals organization but has never pitched in the majors and signed as a minor-league free agent after posting a 4.10 ERA in 131 2/3 innings in Triple-A Memphis last season.

RHP Tim Alderson
Opening Day age: 25
Musing: A former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2007, Alderson was acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for Russ Canzler last July and went 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 33 innings with Triple-A Norfolk to finish the 2013 season, primarily pitching in relief.

RHP Fabio Castillo
Opening Day age: 25
Musing: The Dominican minor-league free agent posted a 5.34 ERA in 89 1/3 innings starting and relieving for the Giants’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last season and will be entering his ninth season of professional baseball.

RHP Eddie Gamboa
Opening Day age: 29
Musing: After five previous seasons pitching in the Orioles system, he became a knuckleball hurler last year and was re-signed to a minor-league contract after going 6-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 25 starts split between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk.

RHP Brock Huntzinger
Opening Day age: 25
Musing: A 2007 third-round pick of the Red Sox, Huntzinger spent the last seven seasons pitching in the Boston organization and went 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 49 relief appearances split between the Double-A and Triple-A levels last year before signing with Baltimore as a minor-league free agent.

LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
Opening Day age: 20
Musing: The Venezuelan product is one of the top prospects in the Baltimore system and went an impressive 10-7 with a 3.41 ERA split between Single-A Frederick and Bowie last season, which has made him a target of other organizations in trade talks but a piece the Orioles don’t want to give up.

RHP Mike Wright
Opening Day age: 24
Musing: Named the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the year last season, the 2011 third-round pick went 11-3 with a 3.11 ERA primarily with Bowie before a late-season promotion to Norfolk and has a reasonable chance to arrive in Baltimore at some point before the 2014 season comes to an end.

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Orioles sign former Red Sox pitcher Aceves to minor-league deal

Posted on 15 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The Orioles added another option for their bullpen Wednesday with the signing of former Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves to a minor-league deal.

The 31-year-old right-hander struggled in his final two seasons in Boston but sports a career 3.69 earned run average in six major league seasons spent with the Yankees and Red Sox. Aceves split time between the Red Sox and minor leagues last season, pitching to a 4.86 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) in 37 innings at the major-league level.

Aceves will receive an invitation to spring training.

According to USA Today, Aceves will be guaranteed $1.2 million if he makes the major league club with a chance to earn up to $3 million with incentives.

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