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Orioles Sign Mike Gonzalez To Close

It came as quite a surprise to me that Mike Gonzalez is already 31 years old. I mostly remember him as a power closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he has spent three seasons with the Braves since being traded for Adam LaRoche. Anyway, the O’s signed Gonzalez to be their new closer, at the […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Radhames Liz

In part thirty-four of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz… THE FIGHTIN’ FORMER TOP PROSPECT! Liz got a somewhat extended chance with the O’s in 2008, posting a 6.72 (6.17 FIP) ERA in 84.1 IP. I thought […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Jim Johnson

In part thirty-three of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at reliever Jim Johnson… THE FIGHTIN’ GUY WHO’S BETTER THAN FERNANDO RODNEY AND CAN CLOSE MORE EFFECTIVELY FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST*! * Sorry for the length of that one, but […]

Garrett Arkins Non-Tendered, Possibility For O’s At Third-Base?

By request of commenter Todd (ask and ye shall receive), here’s a quick breakdown of the recently non-tendered third-baseman Garrett Atkins. Atkins has gone from great (.410 wOBA) to very good (.368) to OK (.337) to bad (.291) with the bat, though that last one is largely the result of a .247 BABIP. His strike-out […]

Please Don’t Give Fernando Rodney Any Money

Despite already having Jim Johnson, Kam Mickolio, and Koji Uehara on the roster and not expecting to contend next season, the O’s are on the look-out for a closer. Given the really dumb contract the Houston Astros just gave to Brandon Lyon (4.23 career FIP) – 3 years and $15 M – other mediocre relievers […]

More On Millwood

Kevin Millwood has a reputation as an innings-eater, but he’s averaged just 180 innings pitched the last three years. That’s not nothing, but expecting him to go 200 IP next season would be a bad idea. When Millwood was posting ERAs of 5.16 and 5.07 in ’07 and ’08, that was largely the result of […]

O’s Trade Chris Ray For Kevin Millwood

I have insisted repeatedly that the Orioles not trade pitching prospects for Kevin Millwood – even the reports of David Hernandez as the return were troubling – but it seems things didn’t turn out as I had feared.  The O’s still got their man, but only had to give up reliever Chris Ray and a […]

Orioles Rumor Roundup

The Orioles still have some interest in Dan Uggla. As I said previously, it’s probably not the best idea. Kelvim Escobar might be worth a flyer either as a starter or for the pen. When he’s healthy, he has great stuff. No link, but the O’s have interest in Rafael Soriano (who accepted arbitration from […]

Hall Of Fame Ballot

When the BBWAA voted Jim Rice into the Hall of Fame last year, they took a step that – to me – put the Hall beyond fixing. There are too many players in the HOF that shouldn’t be, and just as many deserving players on the outside looking in. Nevertheless, with voting season here and […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Gregg Zaun

In part thirty-two of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Orioles” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at catcher Gregg Zaun… THE FIGHTIN’ Z-MAN! Last off-season I advocated the Orioles sign Gregg Zaun to be their catcher until Matt Wieters was ready – noting was consistently solid bat for […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Jason Berken

In part thirty-one of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at rookie right-hander Jason Berken… THE FIGHTIN’ WINLESS STREAK! Berken was not considered one of the O’s top pitching prospects, but the 25 year-old was one of the most ready for the […]

The Orioles Don’t Need Billy Wagner

Word is that the Orioles are looking for a closer on the free agent market for next year, with Jim Johnson having struggled (not really) in that role after the trade of George Sherrill last season. The name I’ve heard featured most prominently in the discussion is Billy Wagner. Seeing as how when Wagner was […]

2009 O’s Retrospective: Matt Wieters

In part thirty of my almost 50 part series “Better Know An Oriole” (otherwise known as 2009 Orioles Retrospective), I take a look at rookie catcher Matt Wieters… THE FIGHTIN’ SWITCH-HITTING JESUS! There was a lot of hype surrounding Wieters coming into the season, and the community projection for him was .289/.359/.482 with 10 HR. […]

Edgar Martinez > Don Mattingly

I saw a comment in one of Jim Callis’ ESPN chats from last week that said that Don Mattingly and Edgar Martinez were both very good hitters but that neither deserved to be in the Hall of Fame. That didn’t seem correct to me, so I looked into the issue over at MLB Notebook. An […]