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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, July 20, 2009
Orioles - Acquired Meredith
Baltimore Orioles - Acquired P Cla Meredith from the San Diego Padres for 1B-OF Oscar Salazar
Oscar Salazar has been absolutely killing the balling the last couple of years (a 316/371/512 is a tremendous line for Norfolk), but his unimpressive minor league career in his 20s have scared some teams off. At some point, though, you have to give a chance to a guy who has hit like Salazar has this season in the majors and the minors.
The main problem is that Salazar isn’t in the best situation in San Diego. A lot of the media seems to be treating Salazar as if he’s a true utility player, but he really isn’t at this point of his career. Salazar was a middle infielder years ago, but at this point, he’s best used as a 1B-OF type, preferable the cold corner. If the Padres really think that Salazar will help some weak middle infield depth, then, well, I hope they signed Sid Fernandez out of retirement and told him to hang his pitches high.
The evidence is beginning to mount, however, that Salazar really can hit now and I hope he gets his chance, whether it’s in San Diego.
While I like Cla Meredith, I like Sean Gallagher more and the Padres have now essentially traded Meredith for Gallagher and 2 throw-ins and still have a shortish right-handed slugger with defensive issues. And at a lower salary to boot. The team’s still hopeless in that the ownership mess has left them some serious capitalization issues, but this is still a quality move from a tactical standpoint.
I wish the Orioles had given Salazar more of a chance, but I do like watching Meredith pitch. The O’s have a rich history of sidearmers that I love and while a single reliever won’t save the O’s pitching staff, Meredith and his ridiculous sinker will actually make me feel like there’s a reason Cesar Izturis is on the team.
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