Orioles Think Tank

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Posted by Mike on January 21, 2006

  • The Orioles and Jay Gibbons are reportedly working on a three year deal worth $15 to $16 million. It certainly makes a lot more sense than Jeromy Burnitz or Jacque Jones. On the other hand, Gibbons will be 29 before the season starts and he’s never gone a season where he made an out less than 68% of the time. Should an extension not be reached, Gibbons will be a free agent at season’s end. When you’re the Orioles, at this point, I think you’re just happy that someone wants to stay in Baltimore.
  • Jorge Julio for Kris Benson talks have again surfaced. Last time this happened, Mets GM Omar Minaya purposely leaked the rumor in order to gauge interest from other ballclubs. This time, it appears the Mets are actually considering the deal. Most accounts are speculating that the Orioles would have to include a prospect in the trade, but I’d be very surprised if it were a top ten caliber player. Depending on who that prospect turns out to be, I definitely think this trade is in the best interests of the O’s. I’ve said before that the best chances of the Orioles having a legitimate ace is continuing to develop their own young pitchers, but it couldn’t hurt to have a little more depth in the middle/back of the rotation. This would allow John Maine to stay in the bullpen and Hayden Penn to stay in Ottawa until he’s ready. Should this deal go down, I promise to do a more in-depth anlaysis of the players involved. (Edit: The deal was consummated. It’s Julio and John Maine for Kris Benson. I’ll break it down further on Monday. For now, I’m brainstorming about a counter for every stupid and oddly conservative rant Anna Benson has while in Baltimore.)
  • Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette reportedly visted Miguel Tejada in the Dominican Republic. If you’re inclined to think that Tejada should stay in Baltimore, than this certainly seems like a necessary step. What I’m more interested in is the fact that they also toured the O’s baseball facility in Santo Domingo and surveyed potential sites for another academy. It is certainly encouraging that the front office is seemingly making this a priority.

4 Responses to “Snippets”

  1. Anonymous said

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  2. Dave said

    I like the deal. I think Benson could be a nice veteran guy in between the young ‘uns.

  3. Anonymous said

    I think Benson will add a nice evening out of the rotation as a whole. He’s not spectacular in and of himself, but, he should provide enough of a presence to reduce the amount of innings that the implosion of Sid created AFTER he signed his contract. Assuming Bedard and Cabrera take a step forwards from last year, and, Chen at least continues his performance, I think Benson should add to a rotation that will at least have no sigificant dropoff 5 days in a row. In terms of it’s collateral effect on the bullpen in the late season, I think it could have a good impact. For the Os to have any shot at playoffs though, they’ll need a pitcher or two to go to 200 IP. Who knows there but Benson will help…The addition of Benson suddenly makes the Os rotation have a more balanced mixture of experience since now it’s getting harder to call both Cabrera and Bedard “young and inexperienced” anymore.

  4. No Speakz said

    Granted, I don’t know a whole lot about Maine, I certainly am aware of how much of a bum Julio is. Thus I cannot be disappointed in swapping that dead weight for a former #1 pick who has at least proved himself a little. However I am not happy that we are going to have to endure the bullshit that comes along with his pig of a wife. Does anyone else think she is better suited for Ted Nugent?

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