Orioles Hire Economist Stephen Walters

As I mentioned last week, the Orioles have hired Loyola economics professor Stephen Walters to the organization. Walters worked with Dan Duquette previously in Boston, and has been with the Chicago Cubs most recently. CamdenDepot has links to several of his posts at Wages of Wins here, which make for some good reads – I especially […]

Projecting Tsuyoshi Wada

With newly acquired Japanese left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada likely being penciled into the Orioles’ rotation for next year, it might not hurt to take a guess as to how he might do. Comparing NPB stats to Major League ones is tricky, but luckily Brian Cartwright (who does the Oliver projections) has looked into the issue: […]

The Orioles Decline To Trade Adam Jones For Jurrjens, Prado, & Prospect

The Braves are trying to deal starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens. The Orioles want to bolster their starting rotation. Thus, Atlanta offered to trade Jurrjens to the O’s – along with Martin Prado and a pitching prospect – in return for Adam Jones. And the Orioles said no. Was it a good call? Jones is under […]

Orioles Sign A Collection Of Minor-Leaguers And An Economist

Small change, but the O’s have agreed to minor-league contracts with: Right-handed pitcher Kyler* Newby; the soon-to-be 27 year-old sometimes starter (he’s been shifted into that role a little bit in recent years) has spent most of his minor-league career in Double-A, where he’s punched out some batters (8.3 K/9) but shown only decent control […]

Orioles Sign Outfielder Endy Chavez

The Orioles have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a one-year contract (presumably for something like like $1-1.5 M*). The soon to be 34 year-old has a career .274/.313/.373 batting line, as he doesn’t work free passes (5.5% walk rate) or hit for power (.099 ISO). That’s not what he was signed for though; Chavez is […]

Orioles Sign Japanese Pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada

The Orioles have agreed* to a two-year, $8.15 M contract (with a $5 M team option for 2014) with 30 year-old Japanese left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada. His career numbers include 1,260 IP of 3.37 ERA ball, 8.3 K.9, 2.5 BB/9, and 1 HR/9. Sounds like he throws in the mid to upper 80s with some […]

Orioles Trade For Lefty Dana Eveland

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about the Orioles potentially acquiring 28 year-old left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland. That deal was “supposed” to be for Dennis Sarfate. Today, the O’s actually traded for Eveland, picking him up from the Dodgers for pitcher Jarret Martin and outfielder Tyler Henson. Not too much from what I […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Luke Scott

Luke Scott had an excellent 2010 at the plate, and though he wasn’t likely to repeat it in 2011, the move to left-field could have theoretically made him just as valuable of a player if his defense out there hadn’t degraded too far. Projected Actual PA 525 236 BA .264 .220 OBP .345 .301 SLG […]

Orioles Acquire Catcher Taylor Teagarden From Rangers

The Orioles have (finally!*) found someone to sit on the bunch as Matt Wieters starts 130-140 games**, picking up 27 year-old catcher Taylor Teagarden from the Texas Rangers in return for minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later. * It’s not like back-up catcher is really a big deal, but people […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Jeremy Guthrie

Another year, another season of Jeremy Guthrie having a better than average BABIP against and an ERA that beat his FIP/xFIP. I had projected him for 180 IP and a 4.15 ERA, but Guthrie posted his third straight 200+ innings pitched season (208) while failing to beat his peripherals by as much as usual (4.33 […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Chris Davis

While Tommy Hunter was probably the main piece coming to Baltimore in the Koji Uehara trade, the O’s also picked up corner infielder Chris Davis in the deal. While taking a flier on a guy with some potential who’s blocked on his current club is exactly what a team in the Orioles’ position should be […]

2011 Orioles Retrospective: Zach Britton

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Zach Britton. I had the groundball machine as the O’s top prospects going back a couple years, and his success last year and in Spring Training left me excited to see how he would do at the major league level in 2011… in June or so, […]

Orioles Sign Korean Reliever Chong Tae-Hyon

The Orioles have apparently signed 33 year-old right-handed relief pitcher Chong Tae-Hyon to a two-year, $3.2 M contract. The submariner – or Korean Chad Bradford*, as I’m going to think of him until I learn how to pronounce his name (and maybe after that) – has a 1.93 career ERA in 569 IP in South […]

Hopefully Baseless Orioles Rumors

First there was word last week that the Orioles were thinking about making a two year contract offer to David Ortiz. Then today, apparently the O’s inquired on Huston Street. Even if it’s very unlikely that either of these moves were made, that there could even be real discussions* about them is so very depressing. * […]

Orioles Sign Matt Antonelli

The Orioles have singed infielder Matt Antonelli to a contract, presumably for the minimum as it’s a major league deal. If that’s the case, I like the move. The former top prospect no longer has the ceiling he once did at age 26, but with Brian Roberts potentially not being able to play it’s nice […]