Tag:Orioles
Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Wigginton to appeal suspension


Ty Wigginton The Orioles' Ty Wigginton will appeal his three-game suspension and $2,500 for his outburst against umpire Gary Darling on Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports .

Wigginton is a popular trade target at the  moment and his appeal could hurt his trade value -- or at least the immediacy of a trade. Wigginton is in the lineup for the Orioles tonight against the Twins.

It seems inevitable Wigginton will be moved by next week's trade deadline, and the best-case scenario for the Orioles is to have Wigginton's suspension behind him before the deadline.

For his part, Wigginton told the Sun he was surprised by the suspension, even though he did make contact, it was in the classic Oriole way with an Earl Weaver-like belly bump.

"I've never been suspended and it's only my second ejection that I can remember," Wigginton said. "The other one I just got a little fine and it was over with. This is the first time there's been anything else. We'll figure out how it works."

Wigginton said he didn't think he bumped Darling, but it appeared pretty clear on replays that he did.

Baltimore manager Juan Samuel is also expected to be fined, but not suspended.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 4:50 pm
 

Padres could be targeting Tejada

Miguel Tejada The Padres were already in need of offense, and now they have another hole to fill, at least for a few weeks, with David Eckstein on the disabled list.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Baltimore's Miguel Tejada could be the Padres' target. He could fill in for Eckstein (if not at second base, with a little moving around by the San Diego infielders), who is out with a calf strain, and then get time in the infield and outfield when Eckstein returns.

Tejada (.274/.314/.374) is having an off year offensively, and he doesn't do much for your defense. But the Padres, who despite being in first place are 14th in the National League in slugging, could use any pop he can provide. Tejada has seven homes and 16 doubles this season.

Jed Lowrie could be another option for the Padres.

Last July, the U-T points out, the Padres went 4-16 with Eckstein on the DL for a hamstring strain, then 37-25 after he returned.

Most amazing fact you run across when analyzing this potential Tejada move: Tejada, who looks like he's 50, and Eckstein, who looks like he's 12, were born eight months apart.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 6:22 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Wigginton drawing massive interest

Ty Wigginton Who knew that the market for versatile infielders could be plentiful?

Jose Lopez could be an option for the Tigers, Wes Helms has drawn interest from the Yankees and Rangers and other like-minded players are available as well, such as Jose Bautista and Jorge Cantu.

The player most bandied about at the trade deadline, however, has been Ty Wigginton of the Orioles. Incredibly versatile, Wiggy has had a strong season at the plate although he sandwiched a cold streak in between his raking. Virtually every team in contention has been linked to Wigginton, and AOL Fanhouse's Jeff Fletcher specifies three recent teams: the Giants, Rangers and Angels.

The Rangers are an unsurprising team, as they are on the hunt for a right-handed infielder and Wigginton is a logical fit. The Giants are more curious, as GM Brian Sabean is adamant he does not want to bring in a "rental" player. Wigginton is eligible to be a free agent after the season, but Sabean could be persuaded into Wigginton given he would cost less than players such as Jayson Werth.

Speaking of Werth, could the Phillies also be a candidate for Wigginton? If the rumors that Werth is headed out in favor for starting pitcher Roy Oswalt are true, that lineup will suddenly get very left-handed. Wiggy could be a jack-of-all-trades, primarily playing second base until Chase Utley returns from injury and then filling in all over. The two sides have already reportedly discussed Wigginton.

Back to Fletcher's other named team: the Angels. Los Angeles doesn't have much in the way of high-level prospects to deal and have already tried to get Alberto Callaspo from the Royals. While it's not clear if Baltimore would accept Sean O'Sullivan and an additional fringe prospect for Wigginton, you would think that the Angels would at least keep Wigginton in mind.

Another team that could use Wiggy is the Detroit Tigers, who lost Brandon Inge for over a month and already had a compromised shortstop conundrum.

And of course, the Yankees, as they are wont to do, have interest in everybody on the market including Wigginton. (Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports did say that the Yankees are focusing in on Helms and the Indians' Jhonny Peralta, as Wigginton's price is understandably high.)

The Rockies have also been linked to Wigginton as they seek to import a better second baseman than Clint Barmes.

The market for Wigginton is robust, and it's a near lock that he is traded clear to the deadline. The only question is: where? There are so many fits, it will all depend on which team is willing to give up the most.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:49 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Mets have eye on Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie The Mets are on the hunt for a starting pitcher. They weren't willing to pay the cost to acquire Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt seems like a mirage to the Mets.

As a result, the team is turning to the next tier of starting pitchers. While Jake Westbrook has been connected as a possibility to the Mets for months, there's zero indication that New York has interest. For a while, a Ted Lilly-Mets marriage seemed all but certain, but no longer.

AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price says that the Mets aren't sold on Lilly being an upgrade over Hisanori Takahashi and thus have turned their attention elsewhere -- from Chicago to Baltimore.

The Mets scouted Jeremy Guthrie's last start and may be considering making a play.

Guthrie, 31, has a 4.58 ERA in 118 innings over 19 starts for the Orioles and dazzled in Saturday's start despite ending up with a 3-2 loss. The righty held Toronto's homeriffic offense in check, walking one and whiffing six over 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run and seven hits.

The question begs, however, why the Mets are interested in Guthrie but not Westbrook. Westbrook, just a year older, has a 4.67 ERA in 19 starts as well and is on a team that would love to ship him out and get quality building blocks for the future. Even xFIP suggests Westbrook is the better get: His 4.35 mark far outpaces Guthrie's 5.10. Guthrie has been rather lucky on BABIP so far on the year although one thing he has going for him is that his 1.22 home runs per nine innings would be suppressed in Citi Field, balancing any possible regression in BABIP.

The two are remarkably similar pitchers, with similar strikeouts and walks per nine inning and also with a similar reportoire -- although Guthrie doesn't have a cutter and uses his slider more liberally as a result. He also has a few extra ticks of velocity on his fastball, which the Mets may feel will play better in the NL.

In addition, Guthrie is just two years removed from a two-year stretch of being a quality workhorse. From 2007-08, he combined for a 3.66 ERA in 366 innings, starting 56 games and relieving in six. In addition, scouts feel that Guthrie can be better than he is, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

“He should be better than he is." a scout told Rosenthal. "He used to have a plus curveball. Now he hardly throws it. He’s not big [6-1]. He’s a fastball-slider guy with no depth or downward movement. Everything is hard. Everything is on the same plane. He needs the curveball.”

Guthrie's curveball usage has sank from an offering used roughly 12 percent of the time in his early career to a career-low of 2.3 percent in 2010. That's not going to fly, but the fix could be as simple as being told to throw it more.

And don't forget contract status -- that's a biggie.

The Mets maxed out with a payroll almost at $150 million in 2009 and began opening day with a $126.5 million payroll. The team has some flexibility to add, but not all that much, especially as the Metropolitans already have $108 million committed to next year's roster.

Westbrook is finishing up a three-year deal that pays him $11 million, and is then an unrestricted free agent. Guthrie is making just $3 million and has two more years of arbitration control, which is a biggie.

Add it all up, and Guthrie looks to be more valuable than Westbrook -- someone with potential to be better than he is currently instead of being who he is (ala Westbrook) and who has two more years of team control.

The only question left is if the Mets want Guthrie enough to pry him from Baltimore.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:03 pm
 

This week in free stuff: July 19-26


What's better than a day at the ballpark? A day at the ballpark and free stuff.

I remember as a kid going to a Tidewater Tides (as the Norfolk Tides were called then) and getting a Tides batting glove. I wore that batting glove even though it was for my left hand and I was a left-handed hitter. I loved that thing, with the Tides logo and elastic wristband. Since then, I've loved ballpark giveaways (or SGA as you can find them on eBay) and have a collection of odds and ends such as an Endy Chavez bobblehead or a Macon Braves batting helmet (I only get them now as a paying fan, not as part of the job). As a proud owner of a Savannah Sand Gnats Gnic the Gnat bobblehead, I often check around to see what's being given away at ballparks around the country. So here it is, this week in free stuff, from the majors and minors. Keep in mind, this isn't a complete list, just the ones I find most interesting, and even if many think bobbleheads are passe, I'm still a big fan and you'll see most of them here.

Tonight, July 19
Chicago Cubs -- a Cubs mouse pad… if you still use one of those. Ask your parents, kids.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie Appalachian League) -- seat cushion. One of the more underrated and classic give-aways, you don't see them as much anymore, yet your butt could still use a cushion after nine innings.

Tuesday, July 20
Los Angeles Dodgers -- James Loney bobblehead
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- Dustin Pedroia bobblehead
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Southern League) -- logo ball. I'm not usually a big logo ball fan, but this logo is a flying squirrel.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- paint your own Clawd bobblehead. Clawd is the team's mascot.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- eco-friendly cooler bag. I was at a Marlins game once and they gave out gas cans. I'm usually a big fan of practical give-aways, but I didn't take that one.

Brookly Cyclones Wednesday, July 21
Baltimore Orioles -- foam finger. A classic. I'd love to see the foam finger make a comeback, even if a No. 1 is a little unrealistic for the Orioles.
Chicago Cubs -- key chain. This one is actually a nice, simple design, something that can often be done wrong and is done well here.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- "Jersey? Sure!" Jersey. It's actually kinda great. The Cyclones are one of the minor league leaders in both quantity and quality of giveaways.

Manny Ramirez Thursday, July 22
Pittsburgh Pirates -- T-shirt. I don't normally get too excited by free t-shirts, but this one has a nice Pirate theme with a ship and all.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Manny Ramirez action figure. Action figures are this year's attempt at replacing bobbleheads. The Dodgers went the extra mile and made each of their three action figures as superheroes, but it still doesn't quite work.
Bowie BaySox (Eastern League) -- Nolan Reimold bobblehead. The Orioles prospect is getting his own bobblehead.
Iowa Cubs (Pacific Coast League) -- Casey Blake bobblehead. Blake is an Iowa native.
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Adrian Gonzalez bobblehead.
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) -- Aussie hat. Not bad for a day at the beach on North Padre Island.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic Laegue) -- Dusty Wathan bobblehead. Wathan, son of former Royals manager John "Duke" Wathan, was the manager of the BlueClaws last season when the team won the South Atlantic League title and like most of his players, got called up. He's now the manager of the High-A Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies organization.
Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League) -- Bill Freehan bobblehead. The Loons are honoring Tiger legends with bobbleheads this season and Freehan is Michigan through-and-through. Freehan was born in Detroit, played football and baseball at the University of Michigan and then spent his entire 15-year career with the Tigers.
Orem Owlz (Frontier League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead.

Friday, July 23
Evan Longoria Baltimore Orioles -- tankard. More realistic than the foam finger, Orioles fans can drink away their problems in style.
Houston Astros -- gym bag. Again, one of the practical giveaways. I have a Braves bag I still use.
Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League) -- Evan Longoria bobblehead.
Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League) -- Mike Schmidt bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Larry Herndon bobblehead. It's a big week for former Tigers, apparently. Herndon caught the last out of the 1984 World Series.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Fireman Sandy bobblehead. A bobblehead of the mascot Sandy in a fireman's uniform.
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) -- Champ bobblehead. A friend of mine has a large collection of bobbleheads and says the mascot ones go for the most money on the secondary market.

Saturday, July 24
New York Yankees -- lunch box. I love the metal lunch boxes, they're a popular giveaway -- and for good reason.
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians -- Grady Sizemore bobblehead. One of the few chances to see Grady Sizemore in action at Progressive Field.
Houston Astros -- rainbow sleeve t-shirt.
Milwaukee Brewers -- grill master apron.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- wall clock.
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- James Loney bobblehead.
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- beach blanket.
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- Lonnie Chisenhall bobblehead. The Indians prospect is nearly ready for the big leagues and he already has a bobblehead.
Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) -- Little Heiskell bobblehead. Little Heiskell is a German soldier weathervane figure that has become a symbol of the city.
Rome Braves (South Atlantic League) -- Tommy Hanson bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- glow-in-the-dark baseball.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- kids fielding glove giveaway. As a kid, these always kinda bummed me out, because it's not like they have a left-handed option. Sure, they're never good enough to actually use, but that's little consolation to a sad little left-handed kid.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- fleece blanket. One of my favorites, although many teams are moving toward Snuggie-like blankets instead of the usual throw.

Sunday, July 25
Philadelphia Phillies -- Chase Utley action figure. Like the real Utley, this one no longer has a cast on his hand.
Milwaukee Brewers -- Robin Yount bobblehead. Not only is Yount wearing a great old Brewers uniform, the Yountstache is in full effect.
Albuquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League) -- Orbit bobblehead. Another great mascot bobblehead. Most minor league mascots are better in bobblehead form than mascot form.
Reno Aces (Pacific Coast League) -- skateboard deck. Another new one this season, the Aces deck is one of the best.
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- paint your own bobblehead.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (South Atlantic League) -- Chris Coghlan figurine.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) -- lunch box.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- Skipper leg lamp bobblehead. It's the leg of the mascot, Skipper, and it's a leg lamp, just like Cleveland's own A Christmas Story.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Allie Gator bobblehead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 5:13 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 5:14 pm
 

Orioles to keep an eye on waiver wire


The Orioles will be watching the waiver wire carefully, the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec reports . Team president Andy MacPhail told Zrebiec the Orioles could pluck a high-priced veteran from the waiver wire, much like the White Sox grabbed Alex Rios from the Blue Jays last year.

"A claim would be something that would definitely be attractive," MacPhail said. "The trade for a big-time player, if it's going to subtract from the core guys you are trying o build around, that becomes problematic. It's something you obviously would have to look at."

Most teams put players on the waiver wire to see fit hey clear. If not, they'll either pull them back, work out a trade, or like the Blue Jays last season, be happy for some other team to pick up a heavy contract.

It would be an interesting, gutsy move for a team like the Orioles, who have several needs to fill.

As for their trade talks, Zrebiec hears talks between Baltimore and Philadelphia regarding Miguel Tejada and Ty Wigginton "are dead," quoting a source as saying the Phillies are content with Wilson Valdez at second base until Chase Utley is ready to return.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 6:50 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Wigginton, Tejada could be on the move


Several teams are calling the Orioles about Ty Wigginton, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec writes , including the Phillies and Rangers.

Zrbiec writes the Orioles and Phillies have been discussing a Wigginton trade for weeks, but that Philadelphia is also interested in Miguel Tejada. Either Wigginton or Tejada could play third if Placido Polanco is playing second for Chase Utley.

The Rangers have a scout at Camden Yards for Friday's game and could use Wigginton as a first-base platoon with Chris Davis.

The Yankees are also said to have interest in Wigginton.

Wigginton and Tejada are both free agents after the season, with Tejada being paid $6 million this year and Wigginton in the second year of a two-year, $6 million deal.

The fact both are rental players, means the Orioles won't get too much in return, with Zrebiec speculating Baltimore could "do well to get two mid-level prospects" for their lone All-Star.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm
 

News flash: O's still haven't hired Showalter


Buck Showalter Just in case you thought you missed the Orioles' announcement of Buck Showalter as their new manager, you haven't.

Despite a highly-public interview process, the Orioles still haven't announced their next manager, leaving the team and interim manager Juan Samuel in limbo.

It's been assumed Showalter's the guy, especially since Bobby Valentine dropped out to not become the Marlins manager, for weeks.

As the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec points out , today marks six weeks since Dave Trembley was fired and that the Orioles have "zeroed in" on Showalter and met with him in Dallas last week. Zrebiec said the Orioles' Andy MacPhail was "almost incredulous that the process is being questioned by fans and reporters."

"It's not dragging," MacPhail told Zrebiec about the search. "Again, there is no timetable here. It's not like the barn is on fire right now. The players are doing a nice job for Juan. I just think that kind of [talk] is just wrong."

MacPhail denied a report Showalter -- or whoever the new manager is -- could start as early as this weekend.

Zrebiec also quotes a source as saying Samuel could continue as the team's interim manager into August, after the trade deadline, and MacPhail acknowledged his focus is more on the deadline than the Showalter coronation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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