Orioles Think Tank

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Posted by Mike on June 28, 2006

  • Devil Rays Continuing Owning Ned Colletti

This is how an organization is supposed to run.  You acquire the pieces of the puzzle missing for a future contending team by trading away any current pieces that will not.  In this case, the Devil Rays swapped a backup-level catcher who was going to be somewhere else next year anyway and a pitcher who may never again approach his current value for a 22 year old potential everyday player and a pitcher who, despite struggling a ton, still has the upside of an innings-eating #4 type. 

I don’t mean to make this sound overly simplistic, but isn’t eating Javy Lopez’s contract and getting something for him better than the alternative?  The money is already spent, folks, and Javy’s presence does nothing to alter the O’s 4th place destiny for 2006.  Ditto Rodrigo.  Ditto Hawkins. 

  • Tejada Trade Talk

Lots of Tejada rumors flying.  Everyone seems to be interested- the Cubs, Tigers, Angels, Phillies, ad infinitum- and it’s fun to dream on what the O’s might get in return.  Personally, I’d love for the O’s to use this opportunity to infuse the farm system with some top talent.  But they won’t.  They just signed an injury-prone 34 year old through 2009.  Believe me when I say that they believe they can be competitive in the very near future.  If I were running an opposing ballclub, I would be lining up a league-average first baseman or outfielder, a solid starter, and a good prospect.  The O’s just might bite.

  • Bedard Fights Back

On June 2nd, I wrote a piece that included a blurd called “Time to Worry About Bedard?”.  Since then, he’s posted the following line across 5 starts:

32.0 ip, 24 H, 8 R, 1 HR, 37 K, 9 BB, 2.25 ERA

Although it took him 110 (72 strikes) pitches to get through 7 innings in game 1 of today’s double-header, it’s tough to argue with the end result. 

Looks like I have 24 more “Time to Worry About ____?” articles to write.

  • Beato In Aberdeen 

Pedro Beato, the O’s supplemental first round pick, is in Aberdeen working with coaches.  He hasn’t been added to the roster yet, but he should make his first professional start sometime around next weekend.  I’ll be there and I’ll make sure to bring back lots of pictures and other goodies.


4 Responses to “Notes”

  1. Josh said

    Good stuff 🙂

    If you don’t mind, could you start with Cabrera?

    Thanks for the publicity my friend. Go O’s! Sweep!

  2. Josh said

    AND apparently I can’t write HTML properly…

    I said “good stuff” to your “Looks like I have 24 more “Time to Worry About ____?” articles to write.” comment.


  3. Kilbs said

    A few quick thoughts:

    – The Devil Rays really could be a force finally. Their minor league system is downright criminal! I’m very curious as to how they plan to build their staff however.

    2. The Orioles should most definitely deal Tejada. In terms of grade of prospects, what can Flanny reel in? What does he actually reel in if anything?

    3. Re: Bedard comment…how bout “Time to Worry About the entire franchise?

  4. Ben said

    I’m glad to see Hendrickson gone from the AL East. Personally, if Jae Seo can’t flourish or be half-way effective in the NL…then he’s going to get batted around in the AL.
    He’s 2-4 with a 5.78 ERA.
    In 67 innings he’s given up 43 ER and 14 HR. I don’t see it happening. Then again that’s what alot of people said about Kris Benson’s move to the AL and he’s been a bright spot for us. I’m not holding my breath on Seo though. I do think the Rays are going to be a very good team though. All they need is some more starters, some bullpen help (who doesn’t though) and some depth and this could be a good team soon.

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