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Duchscherer joins Orioles

Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:01 pm
DuchschererJustin Duchscherer has signed a one-year deal to pitch for the Orioles in 2011, Brittany Ghiroli of reports.

The righty will make over $4 million, provided he produces. It is a small base salary and incentive-laden. Not a surprise, as the Duke is oft-injured. He made five starts in 2010, posting a 2.89 ERA before... wait for it... getting hurt.

He missed all of 2009 due to... wait for it... injury. 

22 starts of a 2.54 ERA in 2008. Relegated to the bullpen in 2007, making just 17 appearances. 

Clearly, injuries are an issue. But when he's on, he's on. He ripped off three years of being a top reliever for Oakland from 2004-06 and has been impeccable so far as a starter. But again, that's 27 starts in three years.

It's a great deal for Baltimore because as long as he gets on the field, he gets paid. And if he gets on the field, he's a pretty good bet to be pretty good. And Duchscherer will make more than he ever could with a completely guaranteed deal as long as he believes he can contribute a full season or just about.

The signing will likely push one of Brad Bergesen, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman out of the rotation. Brian Matusz and Jeremy Guthrie are certainties, as will the Duke provided he's healthy.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:13 pm

Duchscherer joins Orioles

Only one man is known as "the Duke."

"This one's, for John!"

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2011 10:43 am

Duchscherer joins Orioles

Low-risk, high reward.  Another good move by the Orioles.  They have a lot of talented young pitchers, so if he ends up not working out (sadly seems likely after the last couple of years) they should have someone ready to take his spot.  And if they get lucky they've got a talented pitcher eager to show he has something and earn those incentives (and a long-term deal).  Hate to jump on the bandwagon of those saying Baltimore has a chance to take over the Tampa Bay spot in the AL East, but if they don't it won't be from lack of trying.  Why didn't the Yankees take a shot with this guy?

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2011 6:23 am

Duchscherer joins Orioles

What a Duchsbag.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2011 5:41 am

Duchscherer joins Orioles

I must say that I enjoyed reading your comments. I think you used every cliche you can to describe Duchscherer's signing with the Orioles. However, the fact remains that he cannot stay healthy as a full time starter. He is awesome for half a season. He was the best pitcher at the All Star break a few years back, but after that he was terrible. As an A's fan I know how good he was, but he has proven that he cannot be counted on to pitch a whole season...even if he suddenly becomes the Ace of the Orioles rotation. The Orioles better sign a few more pitchers "just in case" Duke of Hurl breaks down again. 

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2011 2:48 am

Duchscherer joins Orioles

This is a sweet pick-up for the O's for a number of reasons.  Firstly, it's a fairly heavy laden incentive contract, which means not too many dollars will be paid unless production is accomplished, which is positive for both sides.  Next, the young pitchers need all the veteran experience they can muster and although Duke has been laid-up too many times to remember, he has been successful.  Duke has proved to be a monster versus the AL East and Bird fans just can't get enough of that output.  The Duke has something to prove this season, not only to the team, but more importantly to himself.  This is the kind of guy you root for simply because he'll give an organization 110% every time he goes to the mound.  B'more will rally around the Duke for good reason, he wants to be the "go-to-guy"and this time he's on track to do just that...THE DUKE OF HURL IS BACK!

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