Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm

Dempsey thinks Orioles gig should have been his

Rick Dempsey There's at least one person who thinks Baltimore erred in hiring Buck Showalter -- MASN broadcaster Rick Dempsey.

"I'm very, very disappointed," Dempsey told the Baltimore Sun about not winning out for the job of Orioles skipper. Dempsey has now whiffed in four managerial interviews -- previously losing out to Mike Hargrove, Sam Perlozzo and Dave Trembley.

The difference with Showalter is that Dempsey doesn't feel as if he was snubbed in the process.

"Of all of the managers I have gone up against in the interviewing process, he is probably the highest qualified of all of them, Dempsey said, perhaps ignoring Hargrove's successful run with the Indians that saw the team come within an out of winning the 1997 World Series. "No doubt in my mind [Showalter] can turn this around, but he still doesn't know what I know about this ballclub. But I am at least happy to lose out to someone so qualified for the job."

Dempsey isn't thrilled that an Orioles icon (himself) hasn't gotten a chance at the job, despite knowing more about the club than anyone else -- his words.

"I think it is probably the biggest mistake made here in a long time, and I'm not talking just today, I mean over the years," Dempsey said in quite the comment. "Not being given an opportunity to manage this ballclub. Every organization in baseball would like to have someone who has won, who has played in the World Series for the organization, who has learned to manage from A ball up and come back here. I think with the relationship I have had with the fans and this city, I should have been a slam-dunk years ago. Someone dropped the ball a long time ago."

Dempsey spent 12 total years with Baltimore, coming up with the Twins and spending four years in Minnesota. He then went to the Yankees in 1973 and was dealt to Baltimore in 1976 where he established himself as a full-time player. He left after 1986 and continued his career as a journeyman, ending it as a 42-year-old back in Baltimore for nine at-bats in 1992. In those 12 seasons with Baltimore over 4,105 plate appearances, he hit .239/.319/.355, mostly behind the dish -- which is where his value was. He was known as one of the best defensive catchers of his era, winning the 1979 AL pennant and the 1983 World Series -- and won the MVP award in the latter. Dempsey would tack on another ring to his resume, winning again with the Dodgers in 1998 as a bench player behind Mike Scioscia.

Dempsey then became a skipper, managing in the Dodgers organization before moving onto the Mets. He then served as first-base coach for the O's for seven seasons, moved to third base in 2005 and split 2006 between the bullpen and first base. The 60-year-old then joined MASN in 2007.

Despite the whiffs, Dempsey isn't ruling out another chase for the managerial job even though he's getting a bit long in the tooth. And how does he feel about having missed out four times so far?

"Well, it's not the first time I have gone 0-for-4," he joked.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:17 am

Samuel won't join Showalter's staff in Baltimore

Juan Samuel, who served as the Orioles interim manager before Buck Showalter took over today, will keep getting  a paycheck from Peter Angelos.

Samuel served as the third base coach under Dave Trembley but didn't want to return to that position under Showalter. Instead, the native of the Dominican Republic will return to his home country and oversee the team's operations there, the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

The rest of the coaching staff is expected to remain intact through the rest of the season.

Samuel said he believed it would be best for the players if he didn't stay on staff when Showalter took over. Showalter reportedly contacted Samuel to try to persuade him to stay on the staff.

As noted by Zrebiec, it's unlikely Samuel isn't in uniform somewhere next season:
Should he leave the Orioles after this season, Samuel, who had a 16-year playing career and is a well-respected coach, should have no problem finding a coaching job for next year. He is very popular in Philadelphia, where he was a two-time All-Star over seven seasons with the Phillies. He also is very close with several managers and coaches around the league, including the Cleveland Indians' Manny Acta, who nearly hired him for the Washington Nationals' staff a couple of seasons ago. He also has close ties with Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, who is retiring after the season and will undoubtedly have some say on his successor. -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 8:13 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 8:16 pm

Samuel's stint as O's manager ends with L

Juan Samuel Juan Samuel's tenure as the Orioles' interim manager ended with a 5-4 loss to the Royals on Sunday. Samuel, who took over for Dave Trembley, went 17-34 in his tenure as the Orioles' skipper. That was actually an improvement over Trembley's 15-39 mark.

Buck Showalter will take over for the Orioles on Tuesday, and it's unlikely he'll have any better luck, considering the Orioles are just plain bad.

"You wish it would have ended differently with a few more wins here, but we have nothing to be ashamed of," Samuel told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "These guys played hard. All these games came down to the last at-bat and that's all you can hope for."

Samuel will meet with Orioles' president Andy MacPhail on Monday morning and Zrebiec says Samuel is expected to resign rather than stay on Showalter's staff as the third base coach, the position he held under Trembley.

"I enjoyed my time here," Samuel said. "It was nothing but a good experience. It puts [my name] out there a little more knowing that I can do this."

Samuel will certainly get more interviews out of this, his players spoke highly of him and it's not like Earl Weaver could put this team in contention.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 4:19 pm

Winners/losers of trading deadline

Now that the non-waiver trading deadline is past, it's time to take a look back at the winners and losers. While players aren't done switching teams and plenty more will find new zip codes on their mailing addresses in August via the waiver process, it becomes far harder to pull trades off.

Grades are relative to the team's window of contention, goals at the deadline and outcome -- not to other teams.

Angels: L.A. imported Alberto Callaspo from the Royals to plug the dike that was the third-base gaping hole, then absolutely pilfered Dan Haren away from the Diamondbacks. They promptly lost Joel Pineiro to injury, but do have a greater chance at competing this season, even as the Rangers improved themselves. For 2011 and 2012, they kept themselves right in contention to be division champions. With money coming off the books the next season and two, they should be players in free agency and now can trumpet Haren as a front-line pitcher for free agents to play with. Grade: B+

J.A. Happ Astros: The Astros did well in the idea of trading away Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt to begin the trading process. The return for Oswalt from Philadelphia met with a few raised eyebrows. The team is high on J.A. Happ (pictured, left) even though no one else is. The deal was salvaged by flipping Anthony Gose from Brett Wallace. The Lance Berkman trade was tough to swallow. They traded a face of the franchise to the Yankees, picking up salary along the way for retread prospects. This was a deal strictly about money, not about helping the team -- although it did free up a spot for Wallace. Grade: C+

Athletics: The Billy Beane-led A's did nothing at the deadline, which wasn't the wrong choice. Texas and Los Angeles made too many steps to outpace a team that was going to have a hard time keeping pace anyways. What didn't make sense was their adamant position that they wanted to keep Ben Sheets and not trade him. But whoops -- a torn flexor tendon that knocks Sheets out for about a year and causes $10 million to go down the drain in Oakland happened. Grade: D

Blue Jays: Toronto had to give up intriguing prospects Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky to ship out Alex Gonzalez to the Braves, but got back young shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitching depth in Jo-Jo Reyes. Gonzalez was a great flier for the rebuilding Jays rather than the short-term Gonzalez -- There's tons of upside with Yunel. Demerits are assessed by a reportedly high price to trade Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg or Scott Downs. None of them will help Toronto contend anytime soon, and the fact that Jesus Montero and Casey Kelly were prices for Downs is outrageous. They should have done everything they could to move Frasor, and probably could have gotten nice value for Gregg. The only defensible non-trade is Downs, who probably will be a Type-A free agent. Grade: C+

Braves: The Braves made moves for this year, but severely damaged their long-term chances in the process. Selling Yunel Escobar off for Gonzalez, Collins and Pastornicky was questionable enough, but then turned Collins, fungible reliever Jesse Chavez and outfielder Gregor Blanco. Huh? Grade: C- ... and it's not a D because they did at least improve their chances this year.

Brewers: The Brewers did nothing except try to improve their pitching and determine whether it was time to trade Prince Fielder or not. Fielder is likely a goner in the offseason or next season's trade deadline, but there's nothing wrong with hanging onto him. There wasn't much Milwaukee was in a position to do. Jim Edmonds reportedly didn't want to ship out, and past that they didn't have much in the way of valuable trade chips. Grade: N/A

Cardinals: The Cardinals brought in Jake Westbrook. That was good. They traded Ryan Ludwick. Not so good. There are hints that the Ludwick dealing was financially motivated to keep Albert Pujols in town. That's well and good, but Ludwick-to-Westbrook is largely a lateral move, even factoring in more playing time for Colby Rasmus. Grade: C

Cubs: It's tough to begin a rebuilding process once again, but Ted Lilly was a free agent so there was no overwhelming reason to keep him. Ryan Theriot has become punchless at the plate, and they upgrade with Blake DeWitt from the Dodgers anyways. Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach -- two young, minor-league pitchers -- are decent arms. They tried to deal Derrek Lee, but Lee nixed it with his no-trade clause. Can't penalize GM Jim Hendry for that. Grade: B-

Diamondbacks: The Dan Haren trade was odd, no two ways about it. Yes, Joe Saunders won quite a few games in Los Angeles, but so what? He's a No. 4 starter who has a shot at being a No. 3 by virtue of being in the NL, but that's about it. The prospects acquired were underwhelming, although the expected acquisition of Tyler Skaggs will soothe jilted D-Backs fans somewhat. Snyder was a pure cash dump -- but not indefensible. If the team's not contending, why pay a backup catcher millions? Even without receiving anyone of true value, except perhaps D.J. Carrasco, it was high time for Arizona to move on from Snyder. They won out on Edwin Jackson big time, shedding salary for an underperforming starter and getting a young, cost-controllable starter (Daniel Hudson) along with prospect David Holmberg.

Dodgers: The Dodgers gave up quite a bit for Octavio Dotel, even if Dotel is cost-controllable through 2011 on a team option. That trade may come back to bite them hard, even if they needed Dotel to challenge for the division. The Ted Lilly acquisition was nice, and if you concede that Blake DeWitt was the price for Lilly, then Ryan Theriot wasn't a bad grab either. They definitely put the pieces together to contend, but is it too little, too late? Grade: C+

Giants: San Francisco tried to bring in a bat. They really did. They tried for Adam Dunn, David DeJesus (and if he hadn't gotten hurt for K.C., might be in San Fran right now), Scott Podsednik... but nothing came together. They instead settled for two middle relievers: Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez. Giving up John Bowker and Joe Martinez for Lopez is a curious move, even if they have strong outfield depth. Jonathan Sanchez was a popular name in talks for a bat, but S.F. was understandably leery of dealing the lefty. The Ramirez trade cost them an average middle relief prospect. They'll continue mixing-and-matching on offense, and the bullpen is definitely better off for the adds. Grade: B

Jake Westbrook Indians: The Indians wanted to get rid of people they didn't want and had no need for. The millions they saved in shipping Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns off -- even without getting any players of consequence in return -- were worth it. Westbrook (pictured, right) finally was shipped out as well, and while prospect Corey Kluber isn't an exciting name, he's enough of an intriguing player that the Indians clearly came out ahead in this season's trade deadline, which was all about shedding irrelevant pieces. Would have been nice for a rebuilding team to get a good prospect, though. Grade: B

Mariners: The Mariners dealt Cliff Lee to get Justin Smoak and a bevy of prospects. That was a solid deal, even if Smoak has just been demoted to Triple-A. That was it, however. While Seattle is in a different place than most rebuilding clubs because they are contenders just struggling through an awful season (advice to GM Jack Zduriencik: bring in some bats next year for a change). Still, it's surprising they weren't more active. The reason Russ Branyan was acquired and then not flipped is... heck, I don't know. Grade: C

Marlins: The Marlins shipped off Jorge Cantu, who was playing third base. That temporary lack of depth at third hurts, although Chris Coghlan will man the hot corner once he returns from injury. It was nice to see the Marlins bring in Will Ohman to contribute out of the bullpen, however. Florida was in a tough place: a team good enough to contend, but not quite good enough to be true buyers. They essentially held serve here while saving a bit of money and importing Evan Reed from the Cantu trade, who has a chance to develop into a nice arm. Grade: B-

Mets: The Mets did nothing here, even though they would have loved to get rid of Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Jeff Francouer. No one was having any of it, though, and New York was adamant in not trading its top prospects. You can argue they should have loosened the purse strings a bit to bring in someone, but there was no one overwhelming that made sense for a team slipping out of the division race. A middle-of-the-rotation starter would have been a lateral move, while only a major hitter could have been considered an upgrade -- and then you're back to having to deal top prospects. One problem: their window of contention is now. Grade: C-

Nationals: The Nationals failed to trade Adam Dunn. There is zero reason why they shouldn't have. Grade: F

Orioles: The Orioles are once again a team with no plan, trading away reliever Will Ohman for a fringe major-league reliever. For a squad headed to one of the worst finishes in team history, why exactly they weren't more aggressive sellers is baffling. Ty Wigginton is still on this team... why? The one saving grace is shipping Miguel Tejada off for Wynn Pelzer, who might turn into quite a relief arm. Grade: D+

Ryan Ludwick Padres: I think this Jed Hoyer guy is going to end up a nice GM. The Miguel Tejada trade was OK -- nothing special, but didn't exactly cost much either and the Padres had a real need for someone with decent pop who can play the infield. The Ryan Ludwick (pictured, right) trade was incredible -- he immediately becomes the team's second-best hitter, trading away no one of consequence. Grade: B+

Phillies: The Phillies gave up J.A. Happ and two far-away prospects for Roy Oswalt, emphatically closing the book on the idiotic idea to trade Cliff Lee in the offseason. It would have been nice if they could have imported a utility player like Ty Wigginton or Willie Bloomquist for the stretch run, as Chase Utley isn't exactly on the verge of returning and the depth on the bench is thin. However, after the initial trade for Lee and later the Oswalt deal, the Phillies are near tapped out on money and prospects. Bottom line: they did what they could. Grade: B+

Pirates: The Bucs were quiet then exploded in a frenzy, acquiring Chris Snyder in a buy-low move that saw them give up absolutely no one of consequence . Ryan Church is a backup outfielder, D.J. Carrasco is a solid middle reliever and not much else and backup infielder Bobby Crosby. If he plays full-time, Snyder has a real chance to reclaim the value that made Arizona sign him to a contract extension in the first place -- which 'Zona will help pay. Pittsburgh then shipped out a lefty reliever best used against just lefties for a swingman in Joe Martinez and a solid outfielder who can give them years of cheap production, even if he never morphs into a starting regular. The Octavio Dotel trade to L.A was sublime , getting a viable starter who could end up a strong reliever and one of the Dodgers' best prospects in Andrew Lambo. Grade: A

Rangers: Boy howdy, was Texas busy. They bit the bullet to bring in Cliff Lee, which instantly made it viable World Series contenders, then continued to supplement with Jorge Cantu and Cristian Guzman. Obviously, the Rangers are going for it this year and it's hard to fault them when they have such a strong team. It hurts to lose Smoak, but there are questions about his long-term success anyways, and first-base is not exactly impossible a void to fill. Cantu and Guzman cost them a few average prospects, ones that can easily be mortgaged for a chance like this to win a ring. Grade: A

Rays: Tampa Bay brought in a reliever with an ERA over 8, and that was it. (Okay, so Chad Qualls has a chance to be a solid reliever for the team.) The team desperately needs a thumper, although Matt Joyce is currently making everyone smile since being recalled from Triple-A. Tampa is in an interesting position: able to take on payroll for a playoff push, but which is slashing payroll to around $60 million next year. Adam Dunn would have been a great fit, but Tampa can't concede future seasons just for one "win-now" year -- that would be irresponsible. Grade: C+

Red Sox: The Red Sox were largely quiet until the very end, when they shipped off Ramon Ramirez to San Francisco for an average middle-relief prospect. This trade was more about opening space for intriguing names at Triple-A. The team then struck for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, long coveted by the team, for an average first-base prospect and intriguing, but raw, Class A arm. They were unable to make anything come together to supplement the major-league roster, but figure to be active in waiver trading. For a team falling out of the race, besieged by injuries, it was probably prudent not to do anything drastic and instead build until next year while integrating its returning players and seeing who pops up in August. Grade: C

Reds: Cincy is in the hunt for the division but may have benefited by seeing the Cardinals trade away Ryan Ludwick. They have Aroldis Chapman presumably coming up to help the bullpen shortly and no overwhelming holes. Making a trade would have smacked of making a deal for deal's sake. It would not be surprising to learn that they shot high with their targets and couldn't make anything come together. They could stand to add a middle reliever, but also have Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey on the recovery trail. Staying pat was probably smart. Grade: B

Rockies: The Rockies couldn't make anything happen despite a team falling out of the race which had a really good shot at the division. They couldn't trade Brad Hawpe with Todd Helton's struggles. When Troy Tulowitzki went on the disabled list two months ago, it was very disappointing that Colorado decided to stand pat and see how the team played without Tulowitzki to determine whether to be buyers or sellers. They were already planning to buy to help the team with Tulowitzki, so it should be no surprise Colorado found itself out of the race. They should have done more. Grade: D

Rick Ankiel Royals: It's not often there are good things to say about the Royals, but there's a time for everything. Kansas City did fantastic in shedding Rick Ankiel (pictured, left) and Kyle Farnsworth to Atlanta. Farns is a strong middle reliever, but that's all he is while Ankiel was blocking other players with a better impact at helping K.C. contend in 2012. The return for Callaspo wasn't terrible, but not great. Grade: B-

Tigers: Detroit had far too many holes to do much of anything. They lost Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge all to the disabled list in a short span of time. They bought low on Jhonny Peralta who hammered two home-runs in his Tiger debut. You would have liked to see the Tigers be a bit more aggressive with the AL Central division crown available, but it's hard to blame them for holding onto their major prospects. There is no silver bullet available to make up for all the losses. Grade: C +

Twins: The Twins really love saves, as they traded one of the best prospects in Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps of Washington. Take the saves out, and Capps is an approaching-overpriced solid middle reliever. Even though Ramos had lost his luster somewhat, it's still a confusing move. They didn't get the starting pitcher they coveted either. Grade: D

White Sox: The ChiSox did everything they could and more to bring in Adam Dunn, but refused to sacrifice their future in Gordon Beckham. They acquired Edwin Jackson for Daniel Hudson and a minor leaguer, perhaps hoping to flip Jackson to the Nationals. That's a no-go, so while the White Sox did technically upgrade their rotation, it's unclear whether they would have done so if they knew they wouldn't get Dunn. Plus, Jackson makes $8.35 million next year. Grade: C

Yankees: The Bronx Bombers wielded their financial might to bring in Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood at minimal cost. Berkman has the most chance to make an impact, taking on the role the Yankees thought Nick Johnson would. Kearns and Wood are supplemental pieces to the bench and bullpen, respectively, and won't be a huge loss if they don't work out. Overall, they gave up next-to-nothing in talent and cash they could burn anyways. The team made an aggressive push for Cliff Lee, but fell apart. In a market with no other clear upgrade than Lee, the Yankees decided to play it safe and keep their minor-league chips. Grade: B

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 7:28 pm

Showalter will keep O's coaches

Buck Showalter, who will take over officially as manager of the Orioles on Monday, told the Baltimore Sun on Friday that he will retain the coaching staff through the end of the season.

"We’ll see where we are at the end of the season,” Showalter said. "I think the players have had enough in dealing with this sort of change. We’ll see what happens at the end of the year. We all will have a better grip on the situation by then."

Showalter said the offer to stay extends to interim manager Juan Samuel, who was the team's third-base coach before Dave Trembley was fired. Showalter and Samuel don't know each other, and Samuel has indicated it might be too uncomfortable for him to remain with the team.

“I would not be uncomfortable with him,” Showalter said. “I don’t know Juan, but his reputation is very good. He is well-respected in baseball. … I would make it as comfortable as I can for him."

Samuel expectes to make his decision by the end of the weekend.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:38 pm

Showalter hiring leaves Samuel in limbo

You have to feel sorry for Juan Samuel, who got stuck with the worst team in baseball for 47 games and now is probably going to be rewarded with unemployment.

The Orioles hired Buck Showalter on Thursday as the permanent replacement for manager dave Trembley, and interim manager Samuel is welcome to resume his prior job as third-base coach. But it's not easy to simply slide down the bench and make room once you've been in the skipper's seat.

"I have not met Buck at all," Samuel, who went 16-31 as interim manager, told MLB.com. "I don't want him to feel uncomfortable. I don't want to feel uncomfortable myself. So, I'm going to think about [what to do] in the next few days. And it's a decision I'm going to make at the end of this weekend."

It seems unlikely Samuel will stick around, but he said he's grateful for the experience and hopes to parlay it into another chance at managing.

"This was a great, great experience for me, it was a great school. I look at it that way. Nothing but positive could come out of this."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 6:54 pm

Padres grab Tejada from O's

Miguel Tejada The Padres have acquired Miguel Tejada from the Orioles, as multiple sources have confirmed. The original report came from the Baltimore Sun .

Tejada will likely take over shortstop, stealing time away from Everth Cabrera and leaving Jerry Hairston, Jr. at second base. It's also possible that San Diego asks Tejada to move to second base with Hairston and Cabrera splitting time at short.

Tejada isn't exactly having a strong season, batting .269/.308/.362 in 428 plate appearances in his first year as a full-time third baseman. However, the Padres need all the help on offense they can get, and Tejada may be rejuvenated playing for a contender.

The Orioles will receive Wynn Pelzer in return for Tejada. Pelzer is old for his Double-A competition at 24, but is an intriguing arm. He is also late to the pro ball game, being taken in the ninth round of the 2007 draft and given an overslot bonus, debuting in 2008. He's made 18 starts on the season along with four relief appearances and has posted a 4.20 ERA in 94 1/3 innings. He has a solid 7.9 K/9 ratio, down from 8.8 the year prior. His 5.3 BB/9 is also down (or more accurately, up) from 2009's 3.5 mark. So while still a strong arm, he's taken a step back.

It wouldn't be surprising to see Baltimore try and convert Pelzer to a 'pen arm and try to make his live arm of a mid-90s fastball play there, especially as his command is deteriorating. Pelzer was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the Pads system by Baseball America entering the season, so there's quite a bit of promise there.

Baltimore is expected to send cash considerations to San Diego to help pay for Tejada's deal, as multiple sources report. The deal is pending league approval, which only occurs when cash exchanges hands.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 4:38 pm

O's to stand pat on manager through deadline

The Orioles, busy with whatever it is teams in dire straits do as the trade deadline approaches, won't complicate matters by naming a permanent manager this week.

Team president Andy MacPhail said no announcement will come before Saturday's deadline, and that there is no set timeline for replacing interim manager Juan Samuel.

The whole situation is a little strange. By all accounts, Buck Showalter is going to get the job, and there have even been reports on the details of their contract negotiations. And yet nothing happens. Meanwhile, the Orioles remain in free fall, and time slips away that the new manager could be using to see and evaluate players for a plan going forward.

"I'm OK with the process and am respectful of what Juan is doing and with what Andy is trying to do with this organization,” Showalter told The Baltimore Sun on Monday.

-- David Andriesen

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