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Orioles Sign New Catcher, Could Spell Trouble For Wieters

Posted on 24 May 2014 by Brandon Sacks

It was fairly well known that the Orioles were in the market for another catcher.  It was pretty much expected that this catcher was going to replace Caleb Joseph in the depth chart.  Most people believed that this new catcher would be backing up Steve Clevenger.  However, this was not exactly the case.

Before the third game in the series against the Indians, the birds announced a trade with the San Diego Padres.  In exchange for Troy Patton, the Orioles received catcher Nick Hundley and cash considerations.  That’s right.  The Orioles just traded for a starting catcher.

Troy Patton served a 25 game suspension at the beginning of the season for testing positive for amphetamines.  Since coming off his suspension, he made 9 appearances in the orange and black.  He allowed four walks and picked up five strikeouts while only pitching 6.2 innings to an ERA of 8.10 and a WHIP of 1.950.

In exchange for Patton, the Orioles picked up Nick Hundley.  In his seven years with the Padres, he has caught 27.7% of runners trying to steal a base, which is around the league average.  As a comparison, Wieters has caught 32.5% of runners in his seven years with the Orioles.  Hundley has only committed five more errors than Wieters during that span.

Here is the problem.  Wieters is scheduled to come off the 15-day DL on May 26, but does not look like he is ready to come off immediately.  That would be fine, but the Orioles already had two catchers on their roster.  If they had signed another catcher to simply replace Joseph, that would have just been seen as a simple transaction.  The issue is that the birds traded for a starter in the last year of his contract.  This might signal that there is a serious problem with Wieters’ elbow that could keep him out of the game much longer.

Wieters has been resting his elbow for the past two weeks in order to try and avoid surgery.  A few days ago, Wieters received a platelet rich plasma injection, which is normally given to pitchers that are trying to avoid Tommy John surgery.  Putting these two parts together, Wieters could very well be heading to getting the surgery, which would end his season.  If he were to get this surgery, it would be a huge loss for the Orioles.  Wieters has hit over 20 home runs in each of the past three seasons.  The birds will lose a serious power threat if he ends up getting season ending surgery.

While the Orioles will once again have a starting catcher behind the plate, it seems like there are some more serious problems at hand.  Hopefully this trade is just to unload a pitcher that could not do his job rather than to pick up someone for damage control.

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Possible Orioles Trade Targets (Part 3)

Posted on 15 July 2013 by WNST Staff

As the All-Star festivities commence, the trade market will heat up.  Teams are set to buy, in order to push them to the top of their respective division.  For the first time since 1997, the Orioles are definitely considered contenders around the entire league.  As so, the stakes are higher to improve a roster that currently sits in third place in the AL East and 1.5 games out of the Wild Card race.

The best franchises over the past couple seasons were able to make the smart moves at the deadline, to propel them into the playoffs.  The Orioles do not have much to offer, as far as prospects go, but can package enough together to get some of the better trade options on the market. Now the Orioles will not risk their future, by trading away all of them, but a deal centered around one or two of their higher prospects is definitely a possibility for a team that is ready to win now.

This is the latest installment of Orioles trade options:


Jason Kubel (OF/1B/DH Arizona Diamondbacks)

The Diamondbacks are in contention in the NL West, so any deal will have to improve their chances to make the playoffs.  They have a surplus of OFs, especially since the return of up-and-comer, Adam Eaton. Finding at bats for Eaton, Kubel, A.J. Pollock, Gerardo Parra, Martin Prado and Eric Chavez, has been a challenge. Moving one would make sense to garner more offensive consistency.

Though Kubel is only batting .242 (with 5 HR and 27 RBI), he still has a respectable .321 OBP and .363 Slugging Percentage.  He is probably suffering from irregular playing time, with only 190 at bats (on pace for under 400 for the season). The Orioles could utilize his versatility in several roles, like added rest for Chris Davis and the OF, but would be mostly played at the DH.

With only one left-handed reliever on the roster, Arizona will look to add bullpen depth in any trade before the deadline.

Projected Trade: Troy Patton (LHP) to the Diamondbacks for Kubel.


Luke Gregerson (RHP San Diego Padres)

The Padres officially announced that they will be sellers in the coming weeks, as they are behind in the tightest division race in baseball.  They do have a sense of ‘being close’, so any move will need to benefit their chances in 2014.

Gregerson is having the best season out of anyone in San Diego’s bullpen, sporting a 2.93 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.  He also filled in as a closer for a couple weeks stint, while Huston Street was on the 15-Day DL.  He would benefit the Orioles as an added setup man and spot closer; giving the overworked combination of O’Day, Matusz and Johnson extra rest during the playoff run.

Projected Trade: Zach Britton (RHP) to the Padres for Gregerson.


Chris Carter (OF/1B/DH Houston Astros)

Like Kubel, Carter is valuable because of the versatility he would add to the Orioles roster.  The Astros are obviously in sell mode, with one of the worst records in baseball.  Carter is only 26 and having his best MLB season to date, after bouncing around the past couple of years.  Though he does not provide much in terms of average (batting .229), he does get on base, evident by his .326 OBP.

Carter has also become a power threat, with 18 HR’s in the middle of a bad lineup.  Handling duties at 1B, will give the Orioles a chance to rest Chris Davis more, without taking him out of the lineup and playing him in the DH spot.  He can also fill in the corner outfield positions as well, but is probably best suited to be an everyday DH.

Projected Trade: Jason Esposito (3B) and Oliver Drake (RHP) to the Astros for Carter.


Matt Garza (RHP Chicago Cubs)

Now this trade was visited a couple weeks ago, but the Orioles decided the price was too high and went with Scott Feldman instead.  But if Garza continues on his current pace, he has the look of a front of the rotation starter for a contending team. He has experience in the AL East and was successful in his time with the Rays.

He is a power arm and can be a stopper every fifth day.  If the Orioles decide they still need to upgrade the rotation, Garza may be their best option.  It will cost their No. 3 organizational prospect, Jonathan Schoop, and other pieces, but it is worth it in the end. The Orioles already have three 2B on the roster and with Flaherty, a player capable of holding the position for a couple seasons.

If the team is really ready to win, then making the move should be a simple decision. Baltimore could move Feldman to the bullpen or try to trade struggling, Jason Hammel, to clear a spot in the rotation.

Projected Trade: Jonathan Schoop (2B), Mike Wright (RHP) and Henry Urrutia (OF) to the Cubs for Garza.

*All Photos and stats courtesy of ESPN.com.*


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Possible Orioles Trade Targets (Part 2)

Posted on 09 July 2013 by WNST Staff

After listing some possible trade ideas for the Orioles last week, the team went out and immediately made a deal.  The problem for me; I didn’t have Steve Clevenger or Scott Feldman on that list.  But the move was significant for several reasons.

Acquiring Feldman first off, allows for some flexibility with the entire pitching staff.  He has been a pretty good starter this season in the NL Central (which is arguably the second best division, behind the AL East).  Yet spent most of his career, while with the Rangers, as a middle-reliever; where he could end back up for the Orioles if the starting experiment doesn’t pan out at Camden Yards (it certainly didn’t Monday night).

For the rest of July, the Orioles will evaluate where Feldman is best suited, and possibly still make a move or two.  Baltimore does have holes in the pitching staff still and using Feldman to fill one of those roles, whether it be in the rotation or the bullpen, could have Dan Duquette looking in the other direction come the trade deadline.

The other reason the Feldman trade did make sense for the team; they didn’t move a single prospect.  This does leave some wiggle room for another bigger deal, if need be.  I mentioned before that the Orioles do have some coveted pieces, which they can view as expendable, due to the big league roster. Deals including, Jonathon Schoop (with Ryan Flaherty emergence and depth at 2B) or Henry Urrutia (with Orioles having arguably the best OF in baseball) could bring back a front of the line starter or big bat in return.

Here is the next installment of four possible trade targets for the Orioles:


Matt Lindstrom (RHP Chicago White Sox)

Matt LindstromNow this is dependent on Scott Feldman holding down a rotation spot, but the White Sox have listed anyone not named Chris Sale or Paul Konerko as available (probably adding in youngsters, Dayan Viciedo, Connor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham). 

The Orioles obviously have a familiarity with Lindstrom, trading for him, and Jason Hammel, last season for Jeremy Guthrie.  He does have closing experience but is probably best suited in a set up role in the 7th or 8th inning.  His addition would add depth to a tired bullpen and a guy that can fill in a closer-by-committee role, if Jim Johnson continues his late inning struggles.  With a 3.06 ERA and a 27/17 SO to BB ratio, he is having a respectable season, but nothing that will command the Orioles moving any of their top prospects.

Projected Trade: Xavier Avery (OF) and Roderick Bernadina (OF) to the White Sox for Lindstrom.


Francisco Rodriguez (RHP Milwaukee Brewers)

Francisco RodriguezAgain any deal for a reliever depends on the major league depth come the end of July, but the player formerly known as “K-Rod,” would be a good fit for any contender, because relief pitching is so vital.  After a couple of problematic seasons in New York, Rodriguez has found his groove again in the set up role for the Brewers.  He has been virtually un-hittable (15 H in 21.2 innings), and rarely gives up any runs (1.25 ERA, 1.06 WHIP). 

When it comes to a trade, Rodriguez is the opposite of a Matt Lindstrom, as he has been dominant all season, with a great history behind him as well. The cost will definitely be pretty high; just think of the amount of quality players the Orioles received for Koji Uehara (not saying the Orioles will be giving up a future MVP though).  The Brewers will be looking for high potential guys that may have not panned out in the majors yet; similar to that of the young Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter and Pedro Strop the Orioles received in 2010.

Projected Trade: Steve Johnson (RHP), Henry Urrutia (OF) and Mike Belifore (LHP) to the Brewers for Rodriguez.   


Adam Dunn (1B/DH White Sox)

Adam DunnThe “Big Donkey” is playing at status quo for his career numbers; hitting .203 with 23 HRs and 57 RBI.  His power has always been ridiculous and would be a welcome addition to any American League team, which could fit him in the DH role. 

A left-handed power bat might switch up the Orioles lineup a bit; moving Jones behind Davis, to keep up the L-R-L order Buck loves.  But it might be beneficial to garner a legit threat behind the Orioles 1B in the second half, so pitchers do not have the option to pitch around him. Obviously, there will be a bidding war for Dunn but there will be a limited amount of suitors, since he is strictly a DH for most teams.

Projected Trade: Nick Delmonico (3B/1B) and Mike Wright (RHP) to the White Sox for Dunn.


Edinson Volquez (RHP San Diego Padres)

Edinson VolquezMoving Volquez will be highly dependent on where the Padres stand come the end of July.  Right now the NL West is the tightest race in the MLB, but things could change after the All-Star break.  If Volguez does become available, the Orioles should at least inquire about a pitcher with ace-type stuff. 

Though having a down year in spacious Petco Park is not encouraging, he was one of the better pitchers in baseball just a couple years ago (evident by who he has been traded for in the past: Josh Hamilton and Matt Latos).  He still has flashes of being dominant, evident by his .844 strikeouts per inning, but needs to mentally get back into the game.  If Volquez can drop his ERA to under 4.50 (currently at 5.33), the Padres could get a nice return for the 30 year old front-end starter.

Projected Trade: Zach Britton (LHP) and Zach Davies (RHP) to the San Diego Padres for Volquez and cash considerations. 

*All photos and stats courtesy of ESPN.com.*


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