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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Orioles launch D.C. invasion with billboard near Nationals Park

Hey, at least they’re not the Baltimore Rabbits.

Have you heard?! Have you heard?! There’s a billboard promoting Orioles tickets near the D.C.-Maryland border and it’s rubbing some Nationals fans the wrong way.

...Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier spent a segment discussing the billboard, which is located seven miles from Nationals Park, yesterday on 106.7 The Fan. On the LaVar and Dukes Show, Chad Dukes conceded that the billboard makes good business sense before going on a rant against the Orioles and their D.C.-based fans.

  “If you’re from Baltimore, fine, I don’t care, root for them until your lungs turn orange,” he said. “It doesn’t make no nevermind to me.”

LaVar then interrupted to ask about fans who live outside of Baltimore but still root for the Orioles because there was no team in the District. Fans like me. I grew up a Redskins and Orioles fan while living in Cheverly and Arlington. I still root for the Orioles. I also root for the Nationals. I don’t root for the Ravens, despite John Harbaugh’s best efforts. Direct your ire here.

Back to Dukes:

  “That’s fine, you have a team now. My family has a lot of family in Illinois. I was a Cubs fan because we didn’t have a team. I still check in on them. I like to see them. I went to see them in spring training this year. I am a Nationals fan, because now we finally have a team, and I’m going to support that team because it was a long, arduous process, and many failed attempts, to make it happen. You’re spitting in the face of your own market here, so as a fan, this irritates the hell out of me. And it irritates the hell out of me when I tune into our midday show, and I hear people calling in saying, ‘Well, I’m from Reston, should I just turn my back on my team?’ They’re not your team. They’re Baltimore’s team. They’re not yours. They’re Baltimore, Maryland’s team.

Repoz Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: nats, orioles

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones vocal about fans running onto the field

Don’t tase me br"O”!

As two fans who ran onto to the field interrupting Tuesday’s Orioles game against the New York Yankees were escorted off through the outfield fence at Yankee Stadium, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones had some choice words for them.

And after the game, Jones was just as vocal in expressing his disdain for fans who run onto the field, saying that they should be subject to harsher penalties.

“I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid,” Jones said. “You look like an [idiot] when you run on the field.”

...Jones didn’t find the humor in the incident.

“We don’t go to any other events,” Jones said. “We don’t go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark.

“I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the [hell] out of them. I wish that.”

Repoz Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:15 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

Friday, March 28, 2014

WSJ: Deee-fense: Baseball’s Big Shift Playing the field suddenly is becoming a sophisticated science

Baseball’s approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams “shifted” 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. [...]

Last season, the Pirates “shifted,” meaning they had three infielders on one side of second base or in significantly nontraditional positions, 494 times, compared with 105 in 2012. [...]

The Pirates defense “saved” 77 runs in all, or 77 runs better than an average defense, third-most in Major League Baseball.The Pirates also finished above .500 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Boston Red Sox shifted 478 times in 2013, compared with 199 in 2012. Those shifts saved the Red Sox 15 runs during the course of the season, second-most in baseball. They won the World Series. (The Rays were first in runs saved by shifts.) [...]

Still, not everyone is on board. The St. Louis Cardinals, the game’s model franchise of late, shifted infielders just 107 times last season, about 50% more than 2012, but nothing on the scale of the Orioles (595 shifts), Rays (556 shifts) or Brewers (538 shifts).

 

bobm Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, orioles, pirates, rays, red sox, shift

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Still quiet on the contract talk front for the Orioles Chris Davis

The Orioles and their slugging first baseman Chris Davis, still have yet to get too far in any talks of a new contract for the player who led the majors in homers, RBIs and extra-base hits in 2013.

Davis said this morning there is not much happening on that front right now.

“Not that I know of and you guys are pretty good about finding things out. I’m sure if anything is said we’ll be talking about it, but those are for Scott (Boras) and Dan (Duquette). I have way too much to focus on here,” he said this morning in the O’s clubhouse.

Is Davis disappointed that talks haven’t gotten very far to this point?

“Not really,” he said. “They took care of me this offseason. That was the biggest thing. Not having to go to arbitration. They have a lot of good problems to have. They have a lot of young talent. A lot of guys that are just coming into their prime at the right time in their career. With the moves that we’re making, I hope that’s a sign of things to come but, at the same time, you have to focus on your day-to-day job.”

Davis hit .286 with 42 doubles, one triple, 53 homers and 138 RBIs last season, setting the team record for homers. Davis’ 96 extra-base hits were 21 more than anyone else in baseball.

Maybe the Orioles want to see if Davis’ can put up big numbers for a third year in a row on offense.

“Yeah. That’s understandable. That is how you make your mark in this game is being able to do it consistently. I think the biggest thing for me is to stay healthy. As long as I give myself a chance to play 160, 162 games, the numbers will be there.”

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: March 16, 2014 at 09:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Manny Machado has not yet been able to run; not cleared to play in games

ElAttrache My Eye!

Third baseman Manny Machado will not make the re-evaluation appointment for his surgically repaired left knee that was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, as he’s been unable to run for the past few days, further questioning whether the 21-year-old will be ready to start the season.

“There’s no sense in doing that [appointment] until he can really show them what he can do running,” manager Buck Showalter said of Machado’s final evaluation, which would give him the green light to play spring games. “So, that’s got to get cleared up first, where he’s back running again. And then [surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache] can completely clear [Machado] again.

Showalter said that Machado had mentioned that ElAttrache has a vacation home in Naples, Fla., and the club his attempting to set up a meeting in Florida rather than ElAttrache’s office in California.

“Anything to avoid having to go to the West Coast,” said Showalter. “But if that’s what we have to do, then that’s what we have to do.

Machado has been dealing with some scar tissue in his left knee, which has caused expected soreness. But with no timetable on when he will resume running, it’s becoming increasingly less likely that Machado will be ready to suit up for Opening Day on March 31.

“I wouldn’t say, ‘Very, very difficult,’” Showalter said of Machado’s chances to break camp. “Nolan Reimold is going to have 22 at-bats in two days [in Minor League camp]. In four days we can get Manny more plate appearances than guys over here are going to break camp with.

“So, certainly it looks like [Machado won’t be ready]. [But] I’m not there yet. I’m not going to throw that wet blanket over that yet. I know Manny’s not.”

Showalter said there’s no firm date by which Machado must be cleared to remain an option for Opening Day, and the skipper is taking the situation day by day at this point.

“I look at the medical boards, and at some point, I’ll say to [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells], ‘Is this a pipedream or not?’,” Showalter said.

 

Repoz Posted: March 15, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, March 10, 2014

Camden Depot: Suk-min Yoon’s Korean Comic (translated)

Sung-min Kim is a mother, father, gentleman.

Suk-min Yoon has inspired a comics writer in Korea to compose this comicSung-min Kim was kind enough to provide a translation for us.

The District Attorney Posted: March 10, 2014 at 03:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: international, korea, orioles, suk-min yoon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Baltimore Sun: Monica Pence Barlow, Orioles PR director, dies at 36

Orioles public relations director Monica Pence Barlow died early Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 36.

Barlow worked full-time in the Orioles front office since 2001. She started out with the club as a front office intern in 1999 and returned as a public relations assistant in 2001 before being named to replace former PR director Bill Stetka in 2008.

She was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in September 2009 but continued to lead the department until taking a leave of absence earlier this month. Throughout her illness, she campaigned on behalf of lung cancer research as a speaker and fundraiser for LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit organization focused on the disease.

Best Regards, President of Comfort Posted: February 28, 2014 at 03:06 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, orioles, public relations

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Buck Showalter asks prospect who didn’t recognize Frank Robinson to write paper on him

And stop wearing your shirttails backwards…and tuck in those caps in your pants!

On Monday, Robinson was in Sarasota, Florida to speak with Oriole players at spring training. Among those in attendance was Josh Hart, who was selected by the team in last year’s amateur draft. As Robinson made his way around the facilities, Hart had the opportunity to meet the former All-Star. The minor problem was, the 19-year-old had no idea about the man with whom he had come face-to-face.

Eduardo A. Encina

Buck asked O’s farmhand Josh Hart if he knew who Frank was. He didnt, so Buck told him he wanted a one-page report on him by tmrw.

Given his place in the history of the game, there are sure to be more than a few — especially around Baltimore and Cincinnati — who will wonder how it’s possible to not know who Frank Robinson is. Fortunately, Buck Showalter made sure Josh Hart knows who he is now.

Repoz Posted: February 25, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Saturday, February 22, 2014

DJ Short: Report: Orioles closing in on a deal with Nelson Cruz

No word yet on the terms involved and Heyman writes that a couple of issues still need to be resolved, but a deal is seen as “extremely likely.” The Orioles would surrender their second-round pick (and the corresponding draft pool money) in order to sign Cruz, as they already gave up their first-rounder for Jimenez. It’s unclear whether signing Cruz officially takes the Orioles out of the mix for Ervin Santana, but it’s safe to say that they fully intend to contend this season.

The Orioles are unsettled in the DH spot, so given Cruz’s poor reputation on defense, he should be a good fit there. It could also help keep him healthy, which has been an issue for him in previous since and should be a consideration as he moves toward his mid-30s.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: February 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitters, jon heyman, orioles

Monday, February 17, 2014

Orioles To Sign Ubaldo Jiminez

Can he pass the physical? Can anyone?

Brian Posted: February 17, 2014 at 08:35 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, orioles

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Orioles Sign Korean Pitcher Suk-min Joon

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a contract with Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

Chris Fluit Posted: February 13, 2014 at 07:06 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore, orioles

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Schmuck: Not affording a free-agent pitcher like Bronson Arroyo could cost the Orioles

As Bronson Arroyo sails out of Baltimore…

The Orioles’ frustrating offseason got a little more frustrating Friday when the front office came up short in its pursuit of veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who seemed to be the best fit of the remaining pitchers available in the free-agent market.

Maybe pursuit isn’t the right word, since the Orioles still seem to be playing hard to get just a few days before before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to insist that he wants to solidify the starting rotation, but it’s fair to wonder at this point just how much the team really wants to win this year.

...Team owner Peter Angelos said recently that the Orioles are not in a position to compete on an economic level with baseball’s big-revenue teams, and no one would dispute that. It’s not unreasonable, however, for fans to expect them to compete on an economic level with the Milwaukee Brewers, who splurged for Matt Garza, or the Diamondbacks.

Duquette made it clear a week ago at FanFest that the organization is committed to building a playoff contender through player development and trades rather than an emphasis on big-money free agents, which would be a fine philosophy if it didn’t sound a bit like he was already looking past this season.

That said, it’s hard to fault Duquette after he and Buck Showalter pulled the franchise out of a 14-year ditch. He has made some smooth moves to help transform the Orioles into an attractive and entertaining team, and probably deserves more patience than he has been getting from fans and media this winter.

It just seems like he’s playing a dangerous game and gambling with some of the goodwill that has been restored over the past two years.

The Orioles certainly could have afforded to pursue Arroyo more aggressively, but the fact that they’re in the second week of February without a truly significant free-agent acquisition should tell you everything you need to know.

Repoz Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:05 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

ESPN: Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Get well soon.

ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he has cancer.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

In December, ESPN announced that Schilling would be part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team for the upcoming season. It also announced a multiyear contract extension with him.

ESPN did not say what Schilling’s broadcast plans will be for the upcoming season.

“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time,” the network said in a statement. “His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.”

Schilling, 47, pitched in the majors for 20 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. The six-time All-Star finished with a record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time.

The right-hander, though, was best known for his performances in the postseason. In 19 starts, he compiled an 11-2 record with four complete games and a 2.23 ERA. He’ll forever be a part of Red Sox lore, helping them to World Series titles in 2004 and ‘07.

AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2014 at 06:28 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cancer sucks, curt schilling, diamondbacks, espn, orioles, phillies, red sox

Grantland: Keri: For the Birds

Jonah Keri’s “Big-ass feature on the Orioles, the Nationals, the TV deal that’s bringing the 2 teams to blows…”

In 2013, the O’s spent just a few million more on payroll than the Milwaukee Brewers, who play in the league’s smallest geographic market, and just $10 million more than the Kansas City Royals, who ranked second to last in total revenue last year. It’s no great surprise that a franchise that ranked in the middle of the pack in payroll last season and 23rd as recently as five years ago didn’t suddenly drop $400 million on two players.

On the other hand, it’s hard to understand why the Orioles aren’t spending at all. After winning 178 games the past two seasons, the O’s appear to be at a place on the win curve where minor upgrades could make a big difference — and where a major move could provide massive returns in both the win column and team bank account. Yet Peter Angelos’s team has failed to act, with $72 million currently committed to 15 players and a few low-impact arbitration rulings to come. Barring any impending signings, Baltimore seems to have settled for a roster that figures to be one of the cheapest in all of baseball despite boasting revenue streams to support more.

More than almost any other team, the Orioles are in a state of limbo. To figure out why, and to diagnose where they should go from here, we need to consider a dizzying array of factors, including an honest evaluation of team talent and AL East competition, the incredibly opaque realm of team finances and TV deals, and the riches-to-rags-to-riches recent history that’s affected both the team’s record and bottom line.

Repoz Posted: February 05, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: nats, orioles

Monday, February 03, 2014

Jim Palmer on A.J. Burnett and the O’s rotation

What does the three-time Cy Young winner, eight-time 20-game winner, MASN broadcaster and greatest pitcher in O’s history think of Burnett?

“Well, he had a nice year with Pittsburgh,” Palmer said at FanFest on Saturday. “I was talking to Dom Chiti who is going to be our bullpen coach. He goes, ‘Entirely different leagues.’

“Now that doesn’t mean ... at least he’s a groundball pitcher. Maybe command is not where you want, at least when he was with the Yankees. But he’s got experience and has stayed healthy.

“I would imagine he’ll be expensive, but that is to be determined. He might be better than what you have, but then again, maybe not. Certainly, (Burnett has a) better track record. We know how difficult it is to pitch in the AL East - just one pitcher’s park, that is down in Tampa. But he does bring a lot of experience to the table.”

So does Palmer think that would be a good move?

“It could be. He’ll give you some options. As long as he wants to come here. He lives in Monkton. Looks like it would be a perfect fit,” he said.

...Some feel Burnett has reinvented himself somewhat as a pitcher. His groundball-to-flyball ratios in those two years with New York were 1.20 and 1.52, not bad at all. But he took it to another level the last two seasons, throwing more sinkers and his 2.34 ratio ranked third in the majors.

“Part of reinventing yourself is just to be a little more aggressive early in the strike zone,” Palmer said. “Dave Wallace (the new O’s pitching coach), that is one of his basic premises of pitching. He has a track record of getting guys to understand what they need to do to be successful. The stuff is still pretty good (for Burnett).”

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: February 03, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, January 23, 2014

MASN: Brian Roberts talks about joining the Yankees

After playing 13 seasons with the Orioles, Brian Roberts will be in Yankee pinstripes in 2014. Today, in his first interview since joining the Yankees, he made some comments sure to draw the ire of some O’s fans.

On a YES Network interview, Roberts was asked about the Yankees’ sales pitch to get him.

“As you know, I don’t think they need a whole lot of sales pitch most of the time,” Roberts said. “When you have the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise and an organization that is always going to give you a chance to win a World Series every year, it doesn’t take a whole lot.

“So, you know, as a kid I think so many of us probably dream of putting that uniform on at some point. I had an incredible opportunity to play so many years in one city, it was just time to move on, I think.

“I’ve never played to prove anyone wrong or make a big name for myself. I just want to play the game and have fun. My goal is to play in a World Series. I’ve had a lot of time to never play in a playoff game and that’s what I’m excited for.”

Thanks to Wreck.

Repoz Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

Monday, January 13, 2014

O’s Interested In Delmon Young, Jack Cust, Mark Reynolds

Billy McMillon is available.

The Orioles have some interest in adding both Delmon Young and Jack Cust on minor league deals, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Each player will be at the Orioles’ minicamp tomorrow to see if there’s a potential fit on a non-roster deal, according to Kubatko. Baltimore also has some interest in a reunion with Mark Reynolds, though nothing is hot on that front for now, according to Kubatko (All links to Twitter).

The District Attorney Posted: January 13, 2014 at 03:54 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: delmon young, jack cust, mark reynolds, orioles, rumors

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Calcaterra: Dontrelle “Rasputin” Willis to sign minor league deal with Giants

Some guys never get a shot at the big leagues. Or if they do, it’s far too short a shot and they are overlooked for the rest of their careers, exiled to Triple-A or worse. You gotta make the best of that shot. You may never get another one.

Unless you’re Dontrelle Willis, of course, in which case you seemingly get a couple dozen shots and will until you just don’t fell like trying anymore:

I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the #sfgiants

— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014

... Since [Willis] left Florida following the 2007 season he’s 4-15 with a 6.15 ERA while walking 7.1 hitters per nine and allowing 9.3 hits per nine. And… he hasn’t even gotten a significant MINOR league look since 2011.

I know he’s a lefty and lefties are supposed to live forever, and by all accounts he’s a great guy to have around (at least if you don’t ask the Orioles). But there has been nothing — literally nothing — positive to be seen in his pitching in a decade. No indication whatsoever that he can help a ball club. How does he still get chances when so many other pitchers don’t?

Probably like this:

Dontrelle Willis turns 32 Sunday. In prime years. If he’s in good shape and figured out control issues, he could be great story. #sfgiants

— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014

A nice thought. But people have been having that same thought for years. It never pans out.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Former Orioles center fielder Paul Blair dies

RIP, Paul Blair. You had to be there…

I have the unfortunate task of passing along news that former Orioles center fielder Paul Blair died tonight.

From what I understand, Blair collapsed in a Pikesville bowling alley. He was 69.

Blair played his first 13 seasons with the Orioles and was part of the 1966, ‘69, ‘70 and ‘71 World Series teams. He won two titles with the Orioles and two more with the Yankees.

Blair won eight Gold Gloves and was named to the American League’s All-Star team in 1969 and 1973. His final season came in 1980 with the Yankees.

Repoz Posted: December 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Friday, December 20, 2013

Baer: Grant Balfour still has many things to say about the botched deal with the Orioles

Grant Balfour isn’t going to let this issue go silently into the night. After the Orioles backed out of a two-year, $15 million contract with Balfour, the right-hander said he is considering filing a grievance. He continued to defend himself, saying that he has multiple doctors on his side vouching for his health. He also has a consistent track record of health and consistency over the last six seasons.

There’s still more. …

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, closers, orioles

Baltimore’s Patton suspended

Kuhl!

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles pitcher Troy Patton has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Repoz Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Royals acquire Valencia from Orioles for Lough - Third baseman to back up Moustakas, possibly play first base

Lough’s status with the Royals was in jeopardy after right fielder Norichika Aoki was obtained from the Brewers. Lough had spent his entire career in the KC organization, so the trade to Baltimore was unsettling.

“It was kind of a shock to me,” Lough said.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Royals Acquire Danny Valencia for David Lough

O Valencia!

The Orioles announced today they have acquired Royals outfielder David Lough in exchange for third baseman Danny Valencia.

Valencia is a 29 year old right-handed hitting third baseman who hit .304/.335/.553 in 170 plate appearances with Baltimore, splitting some time in AAA. The once promising Twins prospect had a good rookie season in 2010, hitting .311./351/.448 with 7 HR 40 RBI and finishing third in Rookie of the Year balloting. He floundered in his sophomore season hitting just .246/.294/.383 although with 15 HR 72 RBI, and by his third season he had lost his starting job and was dealt to Boston. In 1261 career MLB plate appearances, Valencia is a .263/.302/.412 hitter.

Valencia appears to be a below average fielder. He can mash lefties, hitting .329/.367/.513 in his career against southpaws, providing the Royals with an excellent platoon opportunity with the left-handed hitting Mike Moustakas.

David Lough had a breakout season with the Royals at age 27, hitting .286/.311/.413 with excellent defense and posting 2.7 WAR. The 2007 draft pick and longtime organizational soldier was probably caught in a numbers crunch when the club acquired Justin Maxwell and then Norichika Aoki, and with him out of options, the Royals had to deal him to get value for him.

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O Valencia!

The Orioles announced today they have acquired Royals outfielder David Lough in exchange for third baseman Danny Valencia.

Valencia is a 29 year old right-handed hitting third baseman who hit .304/.335/.553 in 170 plate appearances with Baltimore, splitting some time in AAA. The once promising Twins prospect had a good rookie season in 2010, hitting .311./351/.448 with 7 HR 40 RBI and finishing third in Rookie of the Year balloting. He floundered in his sophomore season hitting just .246/.294/.383 although with 15 HR 72 RBI, and by his third season he had lost his starting job and was dealt to Boston. In 1261 career MLB plate appearances, Valencia is a .263/.302/.412 hitter.

Valencia appears to be a below average fielder. He can mash lefties, hitting .329/.367/.513 in his career against southpaws, providing the Royals with an excellent platoon opportunity with the left-handed hitting Mike Moustakas.

David Lough had a breakout season with the Royals at age 27, hitting .286/.311/.413 with excellent defense and posting 2.7 WAR. The 2007 draft pick and longtime organizational soldier was probably caught in a numbers crunch when the club acquired Justin Maxwell and then Norichika Aoki, and with him out of options, the Royals had to deal him to get value for him.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny valencia, david lough, orioles, royals

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

O’s, Grant Balfour agree on deal

The deal is reportedly for $14 million with an additional $500,000 in deferred money each year, according to multiple reports.

Not only is he a closer, he can Grant Balfour.

Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Yankees likely to sign Brian Roberts

The Yankees are reportedly on the verge of signing free agent second baseman Brian Roberts, according to Ken Rosenthal. Roberts hasn’t played a full season since 2009, totaling 77 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season. If this is the move to fill the vacancy left by Robinson Cano, it leaves a lot to be desired. The Yankees would be trusting a guy who has proven incapable of staying on the field for multiple consecutive years.

Options are running low for the Yankees to find an everyday second baseman after Omar Infante agreed to a four-year deal with the Royals and Mark Ellis signed a one-year pact with the Cardinals. Even if the pickings are slim, it’s difficult to imagine the Yankees can’t do better, via trade at least, than Roberts.

Thanks to Lee.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:39 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

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