Tag:D.J. Carrasco
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:35 am

Homegrown Team: Baltimore Orioles

Erik Bedard

By C. Trent Rosecrans

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

The Orioles haven't had a winning season since 1997, and part of that has been the team's inability to draft, sign and cultivate its own players. Even the teams with the biggest payrolls, like the Yankees and Red Sox, have learned the lesson that you need to have a steady crop of homegrown players, not only to keep costs down, but also to have the commodities to trade if needed. The Orioles' Matt Wieters emerged as an All-Star in 2011 and Brian Roberts has had a solid career, but the team has still struggled to produce a consistent pipeline to the majors, and when those players have gotten there, they've often disappointed.


1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Mike Fontenot, SS
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Jayson Werth, 1B
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Nolan Reimold, LF
7. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
8. Willie Harris, DH
9. Darnell McDonald, CF

Starting Rotation

1. Erik Bedard
2. Zach Britton
3. Jake Arrieta
4. Brad Bergesen
5. Brian Matusz


Closer - David Hernandez
Set up - Arthur Rhodes, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, Jason Berken, Pedro Beato, D.J. Carrasco

Notable Bench Players

Eli Whiteside is the backup catcher, and a pretty good one. But other than that, the Orioles' bench is thin. Brandon Snyder? Ryan Adams? That's about all the team has to offer.

What's Good?

The middle of the lineup -- Markakis, Werth and Wieters is solid and the bullpen is deep. Other than that? Not much.

What's Not?

Take your pick -- the rest of the team's lineup isn't up to snuff. The rotation, minus Bedard, is similar to the real team's rotation in 2011. And then there's not much depth, either in the rotation or the lineup.

Comparison to real 2011

Only the Astros, Twins and Mariners had a worse record than Baltimore's 67-95 mark in 2011, and this team could be even worse. The rotation is about the same and the offense isn't as good without J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds. The Orioles once were known for throwing money at free agents and not developing their own players, now they just don't develop their own players. A team of homegrown Orioles could challenge the 100 loss mark and maybe even the worst record in baseball.

Next: Washington Nationals

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:52 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Weeks edition

3 Up, 3 Down: One Weeks up, one down

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jemile Weeks, Athletics -- In his ninth big-league game, the younger brother of the Brewers' second baseman is already making a name for himself. Weeks went 2 for 4 with three RBI in Thursday's 8-4 victory over the Royals, doubling in two runs to start the scoring in the second and also coming around to score in the four-run frame. He added an RBI single in the fifth. He's now hitting .344/.364/.594 since being called up to replace the injured Mark Ellis.

Nick Blackburn, Twins -- The Twins right-hander out-dueled Mark Buehrle by going eight shutout innings, allowing seven hits and one walk, while striking out one. Buehrle allowed just three hits and two walks in seven innings, but did give up the game's only run. Blackburn is 5-0 since the start of May.

Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs -- The Cubs right fielder came into Thursday's game having driven in just six runs all season, so you know where this is going -- he had four on Thursday, including a three-run homer in the seventh off of Daniel Ray Herrera to break the game open for the Cubs. Fukudome had three hits on the day and was a double shy of the cycle.

Rickie Weeks, Brewers -- Jamile's older brother was thrown out twice trying to stretch a single into a double. Fukudome gunned down Weeks both times on Thursday, in the fourth inning and the seventh inning. Weeks maybe should have learned his lesson on Wednesday night when he tried to stretch a double into a triple and was gunned down at third. 

Fernando Salas, Cardinals -- St. Louis' closer gave up his first homer of the season, a three-run shot to Nationals rookie Danny Espinosa in the 10th, allowing the Nationals to not only sweep the Cardinals, but also move out of last place in the National League Central.

D.J. Carrasco, Mets: Ugh -- a balk-off win for the Braves courtesy the Mets' reliever. Following Lucas Duda's two-out error, which allowed Diory Hernandez to get to third, Carrasco stopped his motion and then restarted it -- a balk that nobody in the park missed, scoring Hernandez and giving the Reds a 9-8 victory in 10 innings. It was the second walk-off balk in Mets history.

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:10 pm

Young's next start pushed back

Chris YoungBy C. Trent Rosecrans

If it were anyone but Chris Young, it may be easy to downplay a starter being pushed back two days int he rotation. But it is Young, and it is the Mets.

The team announced it has pushed Young's next start back two days because of biceps tendinitis. He was scheduled to start Friday in Atlanta, but will now start Sunday against the Braves. Now, Young may very well start Sunday and do well, but, until then, there's going to be some doubt, since Young's managed just 38 starts since the start of the 2008 season.

Young, 31, is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts for the Mets so far this season, his first in New York. Last season Young allowed just one hit in six innings in his first start of the season, but was then put on the disabled list with a shoulder sprain. He then started three more games in September before signing with the Mets in the offseason.

In 2009, he made it until June before he suffered a torn labrum ended his season after 14 starts. He was limited to 18 starts in 2008 after missing two months when he was hit in the head by an Albert Pujols liner.

Young made at least 30 starts in each season from 2005-07, going 32-20 with a 3.60 ERA for the Rangers and Padres.

D.J. Carrasco is expected to start on Friday, but that could change depending on how much of the bullpen is needed in Thursday's doubleheader.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:09 pm

Mets have two open spots in rotation

PelfreyThe Mets only have three players set for the starting rotation, as pitching coach Dan Warthen tells the New Jersey Star-Ledger. That leaves two spots up for grabs, and a host of candidates therein.

Guaranteed spots are Mike Pelfrey (pictured), R.A. Dickey and Jonathan Niese, with Johan Santana out for at least the first half of the season. That leaves Dillon Gee, Chris Capuano, Pat Misch, Boof Bonser and D.J. Carrasco as contenders for the remaining spots although Warthen says he hopes the Mets can sign Chris Young. 

Gee and Capuano likely have the inside track to the rotation, as Gee's emergence could give the club a starting pitcher for years to come while Capuano has a track record of success, although injuries have impacted his career. Carrasco has had recent success as a reliever, and asking him to return to starting may be too much to ask.

Warthen added that of those to not make the rotation, one and possibly two would pitch out of the bullpen. Carrasco will certainly be one of those, while its anyone's guess who the other is. Misch has had success as a swingman and could reprise that role.

The big question mark is Oliver Perez, entering the final year of his ill-advised contract that will pay him $12 million. Perez is currently struggling in the Mexican Pacific League, but Warthen sees room for optimism based on talks he has had with Perez's bullpen catcher in Rafael Arroyo.

“At times he thinks that Ollie is up-and-down, and his heart isn’t as in it as much as it should be at times," Warthen said. "But he feels good, and he’s getting in shape, and he’s working hard, realizing that this is a big year.”

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:47 am
Edited on: December 24, 2010 10:49 am

Carrasco could contend for starting spot

CarrascoIt's the day before Christmas, but D.J. Carrasco may have already received his present from the Mets.

The newly signed reliever could contend for a rotation spot in spring training, a team official told the New York Daily News.

"There are no definites," the source said about Carrasco's role. Although the 33-year-old blossomed as a reliever in the past three years, he does have some starting experience under his belt, making 33 starts in the minors out of 266 games, although the bulk of those starts came in 2007, the year before he emerged as a reliever with the White Sox. However, he also started 20 games in 2005 for the Royals before taking a three-year hiatus from the majors.

The reason for Carrasco's shot has to due with depth -- the Mets have none, especially with ace Johan Santana out for at least the first half. The rotation is currently headed up by Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese. That leaves two open spots, one of which Dillon Gee is expected to contend for. New York plans to bring in some other competition as well, but the door is wide open for Carrasco to fill the role.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:41 pm

Mets sign D.J. Carrasco

D.J. Carrasco The Mets have signed reliever D.J. Carrasco to a two-year deal, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets .

Carrasco was 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 63 appearances for the Pirates and Diamondbacks in 2010. The Diamondbacks, who sent two players to Pittsburgh for Carrasco along with Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby at the trade deadline, non-tendered Carrasco earlier this week.

Carrasco signed a one-year deal worth $950,000 before the 2010 season, a year after the White Sox non-tendered him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 5:44 pm

Carrasco, Reyes nearing agreements

Two relievers could fall off the market in short order.

The Mets are pursuing D.J. Carrasco and negotiations have been "fruitful," as ESPN New York reveals.

Carrasco posted a 3.68 ERA in 78 1/3 innings and has been a quality reliever for three years now. The 33-year-old shouldn't demand a significant contract.

Also looking to sign is lefty Dennys Reyes, who appears to be nearing a decision to ink with the Marlins and Phillies. A decision is expected within the next 48 hours as Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says. However, the A's and Mariners are also jockeying for Reyes' services as Jim Hickey of AOL Fanhouse says.

UPDATE : Looks like Reyes is headed to the Phils, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 8:02 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 8:49 pm

Monday night Winter Meetings notes

Winter Meetings Day 1 of the Winter Meetings is quieting down as most media are either posting their end-of-day wraps or schmoozing in the lobby.

While many prepare for dinner and drinks, here's the latest...
  • It's a done deal: J.J. Putz has signed to close for the Diamondbacks at two years and $10 million. In one day, GM Kevin Towers has acquired three relievers. Sounds just like him.
  • Twelve -- count 'em, 12 -- have inquired on reliever Taylor Buchholz as the Providence Journal reports. The righty was one of the better relief pitchers in 2008 but has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. Buchholz was shipped from Colorado to Toronto late in 2010 and then to the Red Sox after the season. Boston then non-tendered him and would like to bring him back but the Sox will have quite the competition to work against.
  • Rays GM Andrew Friedman had a busy first day behind the scenes, even if he didn't get anything done. But enough groundwork has been laid, as he "wouldn't be surprised" to swing a trade or two by the end of the Winter Meetings, as the St. Petersburg Times relays. He needs to rebuild a bullpen and complement the offense.
  • Speaking of rebuilding the bullpen, Friedman believes he can convince reliever J.P. Howell to rejoin the Rays on a contract by the end of the week as the Times adds.
  • AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price notes that six to eight teams are interested in reliever D.J. Carrasco, who has been among the most underrated relievers the last two seasons in this humble scribe's opinion. The Mets are one such team interested.
  • Edgar Renteria appears in an Associated Press story out of Columbia and via MLB Trade Rumors , is saying there are "three options" for a 2011 deal. All options are in the NL and one of the teams is the Giants, who are thought to be interested in Renteria as a backup infielder. Renteria has said previously that he would like to end his career playing for the Cardinals or Marlins, so those could be the other clubs in play.
  • Braves GM Frank Wren says some things have caught his attention and he would like to explore these avenues as the meetings evolve. There's no indication what those avenues are, but one such avenue in Lorenzo Cain from the Brewers is probably not happening as Milwaukee is not as interested in moving Cain as the Braves were led to believe, as MLB.com notes.
  • The Reds want Miguel Cairo back and expect things to be wrapped up by the end of the week with a big-league deal as MLB.com reports.
  • The Indians are interested in talking long-term extension with Shin-Soo Choo now that Choo has received his military exemption from South Korea. He is coming off back-to-back 20-20 seasons and is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason as MLB.com relays.
  • Cleveland wants to find a defense-first third baseman to help take the pressure off the rotation that is built around groundballers. However, if a deal makes sense for the Indians for a defensively-challenged third baseman (like Edwin Encarnacion), GM Chris Antonetti wouldn't rule out such a move, says MLB.com .
  • The Twins have offered Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka a three-year deal worth $9 to $10 million. This is on top of the $5 million posting fee to be paid to Nishioka's Japanese team as AOL Fanhouse reports.
  • Doug Melvin refused to comment on Carl Pavano as Adam McCalvy of MLB.com tweets. "I'd rather not get into that," Melvin said. "I'll leave that to the rumors. You don't want to tip your hand." Sounds like Melvin just tipped his hand.

-- Evan Brunell

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