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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Orioles - DLed Sosa and Matos
Baltimore Orioles - Placed OF Sammy Sosa and OF Luis Matos on the 15-day DL.
Matos hasn’t been actually placed on the DL yet, but he will be with a broken finger (out for 6 weeks).
It’s a good thing the Orioles have built up that 10 game over .500 cushion - they need it. The O’s have had a marvelous start, but their offensive depth is non-existent. That Sosa’s production (a mediocre-at-best 269/325/454) will actually be missed really points to this team’s weakness. Walter Young is the only player in the minors that’s even remotely viable as a major leaguer (position-player, that is).
For the time being, the Oriole outfield will be some combination of Bigbie, Surhoff, Newhan, and Gibbons with the execrable Keith Reed being called up for one of the DLers and will be the last reserve. With Matos gone, the Orioles have one of the most top-heavy lineups I’ve ever seen - there’s simply nobody who’s about average, all Hall of Famer performances (Lopez, Tejada, Mora, Roberts) or replacement level or worse (All the outfielders, Palmeiro).
I hope the Orioles have noted this season that they’ve been winning in spite of >35 players, not because of them.
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