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Roberts leaves series finale in Tampa with hamstring injury

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Roberts leaves series finale in Tampa with hamstring injury

Posted on 04 April 2013 by Luke Jones

The good vibes of a 6-3 victory and a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays were dampened by a hamstring injury suffered by second baseman Brian Roberts on Thursday.

The 35-year-old injured his right leg as he stole second base in the ninth inning. Sliding headfirst into the base safely, Roberts immediately grabbed his right leg and had to be helped off the field.

“He felt something at the bottom of the hamstring. The [doctor] will look at it,” manager Buck Showalter told MASN following the game in St. Petersburg. “We’ve got an early read on it, but I think we’ll know a lot more [Friday]. He’s in some discomfort. It’s going to be a challenge right now.

Roberts is off to a 5-for-12 start in the first three games, including a double and one run batted in. Considered a major question mark entering spring training after having played only 115 games over the last three seasons, Roberts remained healthy all spring and began the season in the No. 9 spot in the order.

Utility infielder Alexi Casilla replaced Roberts in the ninth inning and would likely share duties at second base with Ryan Flaherty if Roberts is to be sidelined for any period of time. The two-time All-Star infielder will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Roberts returned to action last June after more than a year off while dealing with concussion-related symptoms. However, he played in only 17 games before suffering a season-ending hip injury and then underwent sports hernia surgery in the offseason.

Even if the veteran appears on his way to the disabled list, Showalter maintained an optimistic outlook while discussing his second baseman.

“I’m not going to live in that doom and gloom world,” Showalter said. “Just because the good Lord delays things doesn’t mean he denies them. He’s off to a good start and he’ll be back with us at some point and continue to contribute.”

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Bundy, Gausman named to Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list

Posted on 19 February 2013 by Luke Jones

Always a highlight of the offseason, Baseball America released its top 100 prospect list on Tuesday with two Orioles being featured prominently.

Right-handed pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman each appeared on the list as the 20-year-old Bundy is ranked as the second-best prospect in baseball while Gausuman, the club’s first-round selection a year ago, made his debut in the No. 26 spot.

Ranked 10th on last year’s prospects list and first in last season’s midseason rankings from the publication, Bundy is the prized possession of the Baltimore farm system after third baseman Manny Machado was promoted to the majors last August. The fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft received a cup of coffee with the Orioles in September, appearing in two games, and stayed with the club during its first postseason push in 15 years.

The 20-year-old Bundy split time between Delmarva, Frederick, and Bowie last season, going 9-3 with a 2.08 earned run average that included 119 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings.

Gausman was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft after a successful career at LSU and was a last-minute signing at last July’s deadline. The 22-year-old made five combined starts at Aberdeen and Frederick, allowing six earned runs and striking out 13 in 15 innings of work. Gausman was even elevated a step higher to make a playoff start for Double-A Bowie, tossing three scoreless innings for the Baysox.

Manager Buck Showalter has said this spring that the organization will manage each pitcher’s innings in an effort to have both available to pitch in September. The general consensus is that each pitcher will begin the season at Double-A Bowie.

No other Orioles prospects cracked the Baseball America top 100.

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Bundy, Gausman headline Orioles’ top 10 prospects list

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Bundy, Gausman headline Orioles’ top 10 prospects list

Posted on 29 October 2012 by Luke Jones

With the 2012 season officially in the rear-view mirror, Baseball America released the Orioles’ 2013 top 10 prospects list on Monday with the club’s top draft pick in each of the last two years leading the way.

After making his major league debut in September, 19-year-old pitcher Dylan Bundy was named the organization’s top prospect by the publication as the right-hander is projected to be the Orioles’ ace of the future. The organization’s minor league pitcher of the year made two relief appearances, allowing one hit and walking one in 1 2/3 innings.

The No. 4 pick of the 2012 draft, right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman was second on the list and is projected to be a top-half-of-the-rotation starter in the future. Signed just minutes before the deadline, the 21-year-old made five starts late in the season between low Single-A Aberdeen and high Single-A Frederick, going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings of work.

The top positional player on the list was infielder Jonathan Schoop, who hit .245 with 14 home runs and 56 runs batted in for Double-A Bowie this season. The 20-year-old split time between second base and shortstop, moving to the latter position after current Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was promoted to the big leagues on Aug. 9.

The Orioles’ minor league position player of the year, outfielder L.J. Hoes, was ranked sixth on the list and received a September call-up as a reward for his efforts.

Of the 10 prospects on Baseball America’s list, only Bundy and Gausman are considered “safe” bets — if such an idea exists for minor-league players — but Schoop’s age and premium power as a middle infielder have made him an intriguing talent held in high regard with many members of the organization.

Here is the full list from Baseball America:

1. Dylan Bundy, RHP
2. Kevin Gausman, RHP
3. Jonathan Schoop, 2B/SS
4. Nicky Delmonico, 1B/2B
5. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
6. L.J. Hoes, OF
7. Xavier Avery, OF
8. Mike Wright, RHP
9. Branden Kline, RHP
10. Adrian Marin, SS

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Orioles promote top pitching prospect Bundy to big leagues

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Orioles promote top pitching prospect Bundy to big leagues

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Luke Jones

Following an 18-inning marathon win over the Seattle Mariners and needing an extra arm in the bullpen, the Orioles have promoted top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to the big leagues.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting Bundy will be called up to fill a limited role in the bullpen. The Orioles used seven relievers in a combined 12 2/3 innings in the second game of a three-game set in Seattle.

The 19-year-old had been participating in the organization’s instructional league in Sarasota after finishing his first professional season at Double-A Bowie. Bundy made three starts for the Baysox, going 2-0 with a 3.24 earned run average in 16 2/3 innings.

Manager Buck Showalter said at the end of August that the Orioles would not promote Bundy, stating the organization’s preference for him to go to the instructional league in mid-September to work on his command and time to the plate.

In 23 starts split among low Single-A Delmarva, high Single-A Frederick, and Bowie, the right-hander went a combined 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 103 2/3 innings. He struck out 119 batters and walked 28, though he struggled more with his command as he climbed the organizational ladder.

Bundy was the fourth overall pick of the 2011 amateur draft and was already on the 40-man roster, meaning the Orioles will not need to make a corresponding roster move.

 

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Showalter indicates Orioles will not promote Bundy in September

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Showalter indicates Orioles will not promote Bundy in September

Posted on 29 August 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — After manager Buck Showalter offered cryptic comments last week about the potential call-up of top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, it now appears the 19-year-old won’t be pitching for the Orioles in September.

Bundy will remain with Double-A Bowie and then report to the organization’s instructional league on Sept. 12, according to Showalter. The Baysox are on the verge of clinching a spot in the Eastern League playoffs, and Bundy will be expected to pitch in their postseason.

“He’s at a level he’s been challenged with, just like he got challenged more in Frederick,” Showalter said. “He had some outings that weren’t [great]. I think the progression of his development’s been great. You couldn’t ask for a better progression.”

Starting for the Baysox on Tuesday night, the 19-year-old allowed two earned runs and four hits while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings against Erie. However, Showalter pointed out that Bundy walked four batters and has struggled more as he’s climbed the ladder from Delmarva to Frederick to Bowie this season.

Bundy has walked eight batters in 16 2/3 innings over his first three starts at Double A. He is 2-0 with a 3.24 earned run average with the Baysox.

Combining his numbers pitching at three different levels this season, the right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts spanning 103 2/3 innings. He has 119 strikeouts and 28 walks and has allowed 67 hits and six home runs.

The club will send Bundy to the mid-September instructional league to improve a couple areas of his game. Showalter indicated it’s a great opportunity for players to work with the organization’s best instructors in the hopes of skipping a level in the minor leagues.

“I know times to the plate from the stretch, holding runners,” Showalter said. “That’s something that’s been a little bit of a challenge for him. Command, the higher he’s gone up, it’s been a little more of a challenge. Four walks in Bowie are more walks up here.”

Showalter has spoken in the past about young players sometimes benefiting from being called up to the major league club to experience a pennant race without necessarily contributing much on the field, but that does not appear to be an option for the 2011 first-round pick.

However, the manager indicated Bundy could find himself pitching in Baltimore next April if he makes the necessary adjustments between now and then.

“Frankly, what you’ve got to ask yourself is, ‘Does he have a chance to be on your club to start the season next year?’” Showalter said. “That kind of affects the way you look at it. Right now, I want him to pitch his butt off and help Bowie win an Eastern League championship. That’s where I want his mindset. When that’s over, look forward to working on some weaknesses down in instructional league with some very good staff members.”

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Bundy call-up sounding more likely for Orioles’ playoff push

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Bundy call-up sounding more likely for Orioles’ playoff push

Posted on 24 August 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — With the Orioles beginning play on Friday tied for the second American League wild card spot, one of the most intriguing questions discussed over the better part of the last two months has centered around a 19-year-old pitching prospect Dylan Bundy.

Will the club call up the young pitcher when rosters expand on Sept. 1?

Though manager Buck Showalter wasn’t asked directly about Bundy’s status before Friday’s game, he’s smart enough to know any questions regarding potential September call-ups are accompanied by the underlying meaning of where the phenom pitcher fits into the equation.

It wasn’t the first time the topic had been broached to the Baltimore manager in recent weeks, but Showalter paused longer than usual before providing a response. It didn’t take a genius to figure out to which particular prospect he was referring.

“We’re considering all options,” said Showalter with a smirk on his face. “I think I know where you’re going and rightfully so.”

Showalter met with his coaching staff to discuss potential options when rosters expand next week before he meets once again with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie both play their regular-season finales on Sept. 3, but each is in playoff contention.

While the Orioles in past seasons would have likely left younger players with their respective farm clubs to gain postseason experience, the objective is dramatically different this season as the Orioles look to earn their first postseason berth in 15 years.

“I know Dan’s thinking the priority is going to be what best serves us,” said Showalter about the farm clubs’ prospective playoff runs, “but if we can bridge the gap and satisfy both needs, then we’ll try to do it.”

Already a member of the 40-man roster, Bundy is scheduled to make his next start for Double-A Bowie on Sunday, which will be his third with the Baysox. The right-hander has pitched 11 1/3 innings over his first two starts, posting a 3.18 earned run average with seven strikeouts and four walks.

The likelihood of Bundy being promoted to the big leagues seemed remote at best only a few weeks ago, but the Orioles’ bold decision to call up 20-year-old shortstop Manny Machado to become their everyday third baseman signaled a dramatic shift in philosophy. The club called up a prospect with the thought of helping the big-league club over what might have been best for his development.

As for the other candidates to be recalled, Showalter doesn’t anticipate too many surprises with the likes of Steve Tolleson, Xavier Avery, Joe Mahoney, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Berken on the current 40-man roster.

“I think it changes depending on what situation you’re in,” Showalter said. “There are some guys that you’d like to expose to it, but most of them are here or have already been here. We’ve done a pretty good job of exposing people this year to the environment and everything — or a bad job of it. This year, I think they’re going to serve a purpose of helping us win, which is kind of one in the same. There’s only a couple guys in there potentially that there was some discussion about. I think the rest of it — in our coaches’ minds — was pretty cut and dry.”

In addition to Bundy, another intriguing possibility to provide a spark to the big club would be outfielder L.J. Hoes, who’s hitting .318 at Norfolk and could provide another option in left field should veteran Nate McLouth begin struggling. Hoes is not on the current 40-man roster, but Showalter said the club has proven all year it’s not afraid to remain fluid with their overall makeup.

“Obviously, Dan’s always got some ideas that we haven’t thought about, and there’s some other variables you’ve got to keep in mind when you’re calling guys up,” Showalter said. “It won’t matter whether they’re on the [40-man] roster or not; I can tell you that, like it hasn’t all year. If they can help us, they’re coming [and] we’ll figure it out.”

By no means is a Bundy call-up guaranteed to happen, but the whispers are becoming louder and the chances growing stronger that the 2011 first-round pick will take the Camden Yards mound in September to try to aid in the Orioles’ first playoff push since the young pitcher was several weeks shy of his fifth birthday in 1997.

Unexpected events often call for unexpected decisions, and the Bundy decision is sure to be filled with intrigue — and controversy — over the next few weeks.

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Special night ends with bold decision by Orioles

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Special night ends with bold decision by Orioles

Posted on 09 August 2012 by Luke Jones

The story of Wednesday night was supposed to be local product Steve Johnson, who won his first major league start in front of numerous friends and family at Camden Yards in the Orioles’ 9-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Johnson earned his first big-league win exactly 23 years to the day his father Dave Johnson won his first major league game in the Orioles’ famed 1989 “Why Not?” season. It was a touching moment to see friends and family greet the 24-year-old pitcher in the hallway outside the clubhouse following the game as the Orioles completed a three-game sweep and won their fifth consecutive game.

However, the headline was short-lived with the shocking news that the Orioles will promote 20-year-old shortstop Manny Machado from Double-A Bowie to Baltimore for Thursday’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals. The announcement came shortly after 11 p.m. and just minutes after it was learned the organization would promote top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to Bowie for his next start.

What a night.

Many will debate the merits of promoting a 20-year-old shortstop from Double A to play third base, a position at which he’s only played two games in 219 minor-league contests. Machado hit his 11th home run of the season on Wednesday night and was hitting .266 with 59 runs batted in 109 games for the Baysox this year.

The numbers aren’t overwhelming, but the potential is, as executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter are counting on Machado to contribute to a club in the midst of a pennant race this late in the season for the first time in 14 years.

His transition to third base might have its share of growing pains, but the defensive struggles of Mark Reynolds and Wilson Betemit have set a low bar at the hot corner. Some scouts have projected an eventual move to third for the 6-foot-3 infielder anyway, but that long-term decision doesn’t have to be made right now.

Unlike the announcement three years ago of the Orioles promoting catching phenom Matt Wieters, this wasn’t a decision made a couple days in advance to boost ticket sales on a Friday night in late May. The club will likely see more walk-up sales than usual on Thursday night, but the Ravens’ televised preseason opener in Atlanta will stunt the potential of more people showing up at Camden Yards.

Whether you agree with the promotion or not, this was a decision based solely on giving the Orioles a better chance to win now by promoting their most attractive positional asset in the farm system. Machado must play every day for this move to make any sense, and manager Buck Showalter has made no secret about his affection for the young infielder’s ability and mental makeup.

It may work, or it may not.

But it’s a bold strategy, one made with no regard for delaying the start of his service clock as the Orioles have done with other young players in recent seasons.

No one really knows if Machado is ready to handle third base for a contending major league club, but we’re about to find out. If he’s truly the special talent so many inside and outside the organization have tabbed him to be, early struggles will not ruin his psyche or potential for success in the future.

A fun and compelling season is about to get that much more interesting on Thursday night.

The promotion came out of left field, but, then again, so has everything else about this 2012 season in which nearly every statistic suggests the Orioles should be resting well below the .500 mark while they instead hold a 60-51 record and are tied with Detroit and Oakland for the American League wild card lead.

I’ll borrow a 23-year-old expression that’s been used over and over in this unlikeliest of seasons for the Orioles.

Why not?

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Your Monday Reality Check-How about getting a good player next time?

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Your Monday Reality Check-How about getting a good player next time?

Posted on 09 July 2012 by Glenn Clark

I was in Paris when the Baltimore Orioles’ trade for veteran DH Jim Thome became official and didn’t get much of a chance to opine about it. My guess is that I would have politely said something along the lines of “sure, Jim Thome is better than no one, but is a part time DH with little left in the tank really going to make much of a difference?”

I’m glad I didn’t have the chance to say that. Boy would there be egg all over my face.

Thome has come to the plate in six of the Birds’ eight games since being acquired. He’s managed to collect five hits (all singles), score a run and drive in another. He’s also walked four times and struck out 11 times. He’s been far from terrible since arriving, but hasn’t really made much of a difference in the lineup either. The O’s have won three of the eight games they’ve played since acquiring Thome and enter the All-Star break without scoring a run over their last 21 innings.

The Birds finished the first half of the season with a 45-40 record, good enough for 2nd place in the AL East and currently holding what would be the second Wild Card spot in the American League. The troubling part is that over their last 19 games before the break, they compiled a 6-13 record and averaged scoring less than three runs per game during the stretch.

I don’t want to seem like I’m taking the Orioles’ pitchers off the hook during the stretch. The team allowed nearly 5.5 runs per game during the same stretch, demoting starting pitchers Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta to AAA Norfolk in the process.

I’ll stop short of labeling the stretch “a disaster” for the Birds, but I’ll admit that I went through about ten minutes of inner monologue before I decided the term would be unfair.

I’m not particularly mad at Thome for not lighting the world on fire during his first week with the Orioles. It would be unfair to expect any player to become a serious catalyst in just one week, but there was absolutely zero reason to expect a soon to be 42 year old who hasn’t put up particularly good offensive numbers since 2008 to be the one to do it.

The truth is that the Thome acquisition is going to bug me until the Orioles decide they want to acquire players who are actually good.

I know WNST.net’s Drew Forrester said Sunday the Birds “had better” make moves to upgrade the team before the July 31 trade deadline. My column today isn’t just an echo of Forrester’s sentiments. My column is much more particular.

I’ve said for some time that the Birds cannot view their start to the 2012 season as a sign that they’re on the cusp of turning the page. There simply is not enough evidence of that being the case. There is significantly more evidence of the Birds experiencing good fortune thanks to a couple of nice pieces (OF Adam Jones, C Matt Wieters and P’s Jason Hammel & Jim Johnson notably) and an element of luck via injuries to rival teams.

I’m certainly not backing off of those statements. The start of the 2012 season is in NO WAYS a sign that the Birds’ “rebuilding” plan has worked, or that former executive Andy MacPhail and current GM Dan Duquette have put together a group of players that are just a year away from reaching greatness. The reality is that there just aren’t enough good players either currently at the Major League level or set to reach the majors in the next year or two to suggest the team will be able to win for more than half a season.

The players I mentioned before (Jones, Wieters, Hammel, Johnson) are good players. Unfortunately, that’s about where the list ends.  OF Nick Markakis and SS JJ Hardy are supposed to be good players. SP Wei-Yin Chen and RP Pedro Strop have showed signs that they might be good players. P Dylan Bundy and SS Manny Machado are believed to be good players for the future. Thome and 2B Brian Roberts USED to be good players. 3B Mark Reynolds and 1B Chris Davis (or is that 1B Mark Reynolds and OF Chris Davis?) are players you want to believe are good but you know better.

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Looking Forward past the Break

Posted on 08 July 2012 by scottzolotorow

With trade rumors swirling this week of the Orioles going to get an arm at the possible expense of Manny Machado, some O’s fans are pleased and others are strongly against it. This season in Double-A Bowie, Machado is hitting a modest .264 in 84 games. He does have an impressive 48 RBI’s, a strong 10 stolen bases and a decent OBP of .347. But are those numbers good enough for the Orioles to still have the utmost confidence in their first round pick of a few seasons ago?

The Baltimore Sun was amongst many media outlets that first reported that the Orioles are shopping around for Zack Greinke, the ace of the Milwaukee Brewers. Greinke was ejected in yesterday’s ballgame against the Astros for spiking a baseball after a call at first base, clearly he’s frustrated with his play in Milwaukee. The Orioles have a very strong need for another starting pitcher to counteract with Tampa and the Yankees. With Hammel and Chen both having outstanding seasons, one more great pitcher would be a huge help. And Greinke who is 9-3 with a 3.17 ERA, would absolutely fit that need. Greinke won the Cy Young while winning 16 games with one of the worst teams in baseball that season. He is a stud on the hill and the Orioles as well as every organization in baseball would be lucky to have him. But the question that Orioles fans are asking; is Machado too much to give up?

JJ Hardy is locked up for another 2 seasons after this season and he has been one of the best shortstops in baseball. With the Orioles competing at the All-Star Break, and getting to the point they are at with some dismal starting pitching of late, I believe it is an obvious move. Machado has been good in the minors, but not great. Matt Wieters was great in the minors and it showed how quickly he was called up. Machado was drafted a year before Dylan Bundy, yet Bundy has gained a significant amount more of attention as far as call-ups go. I understand many Orioles fans will disagree with me, but Greinke is only 28 years old. He has shown no sign of slowing down. The Orioles haven’t made the playoffs in over 15 years and with a legitimate line-up this season, my opinion is you have got to make the move.

A friend of mine made the argument that we wouldn’t win the World Series if we reached the playoffs, but he didn’t quite think that through did he? We would have made the playoffs for the first time in 16 seasons. This city needs a baseball home playoff game. That should be the goal. So in my opinion, make the move Birds.

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Big Trade Looming?

Posted on 07 July 2012 by Erich Hawbaker

The All-Star break is upon us. And, if the season ended today, the Orioles would be headed to the playoffs. Thursday’s disaster with the Angels notwithstanding, the Orioles have reached halftime without completely faceplanting as most of us expected they would. The bullpen has been the most pleasant surprise, with an ERA still close to the best in baseball. The offense (long balls in particular) has also been a big reason for the success, with Adam Jones on pace for 40 homeruns and several others flirting with 30.

However, just like last year, the most glaring weakness has been the defense. Unfortunately, the O’s also lead the league in errors, which has cost them at least three or four winnable games already this season. The other coin flip has been the starting pitching, which lately seems to always be either stellar or awful on any given night. Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen are aces more often than not, but the other three rotation spots have been consistently shaky with occasional flashes of brilliance.

The Orioles have already made a splash in the trade market this year by acquiring DH Jim Thome from the struggling Phillies for a pair of minor leaguers. For awhile now, I’d been wondering if they were really serious about being buyers this year like Dan Duquette said, and if, to that end, they would be looking to pick up another legitimate starting pitcher. Today when I checked my fantasy team (the Mercersburg Rebels, currently in 1st place), the news feed told me that the Orioles are trying to make a trade with the Brewers for RHP Zack Greinke. It also mentioned that the O’s have two highly-touted prospects in Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado that might be part of such a deal.

For the last few years, I’ve always made it a point to have Greinke on my fantasy team. He routinely goes deep into games, puts up lots of strikeouts, and has a very good ERA and WHIP. He won the 2009 AL Cy Young with the Royals, no easy feat when one considers that they’ve been about as bad as the Orioles over the last decade. This year, his record is 9-2, while his team is currently under .500 by five games.

So, all indications are that he would be an excellent pickup if the Orioles can pull this off. However, I would not part with Bundy or Machado to make it happen. Since Milwaukee lost Prince Fielder, they’re in need of a firstbaseman. Perhaps Mark Reynolds could be part of this trade? True, he’s not crushing the ball like he was last year, but Miller Park is definitely hitter-friendly. And now that the Orioles have Chris Davis, there isn’t a tremendous need for Reynolds here anymore. It would also make a big dent in that error rate.

Another thing to consider here is that the era of Brian Roberts is, regrettably, over. He’s given us some tremendous years, but unfortunately the Orioles simply cannot depend on him as an everyday player anymore. Therefore, letting go of Manny Machado would be unwise, because he will be coming of age right about the time when Roberts is officially finished. I don’t think I even need to elaborate on why trading Dylan Bundy would be a bad move, unless of course the Brewers are offering significantly more than just Greinke.

I have to admit, it’s a VERY nice thought that the Orioles’ rotation could eventually consist of Hammel, Chen, Greinke, Britton, and whoever gets their act together. That, coupled with Jones, Wieters, Davis, Markakis, Hardy, and our current bullpen would almost have to be a serious contender.

However, I must reiterate that even if this becomes reality, we are not yet free of Peter The Terrible, and I still remain unconvinced that the Orioles have truly turned the corner as long as he remains in the warehouse.

What do you think? Should the Orioles trade for Greinke? Is there someone else out there you’d like to see them pursue? Comments are always welcome.

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