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.
2009 ZIPS Projection - Oscar Salazar
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
Year-to-Date 231 30 76 12 1 12 42 13 30 0 .329 .363 .545
Rest-of-Year 217 29 61 12 1 7 32 14 34 2 .279 .321 .443
2009 ZIPS Projection - Cla Meredith
Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.
W L G GS IP H ER HR BB SO ERA
Year-to-Date 4 2 35 0 36.7 47 17 1 13 20 4.17
Rest-of-Year 2 2 34 0 35.0 41 17 3 11 18 4.37
Total 6 4 69 0 71.7 88 34 4 24 38 4.27
Posted: July 20, 2009 at 02:54 AM | 57 comment(s)
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