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Saturday, August 01, 2020

Orioles trade reliever Richard Bleier to Marlins for player to be named

Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier sat in the bullpen during Friday’s 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t one of the five men called on to help protect his team’s lead.

After the game, executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias told him why: He was traded to the Miami Marlins for a player to be named later.

“Definitely surprised,” Bleier said. “Extremely thankful for Baltimore, the organization and everything they’ve done for the last few years for me. They gave me an extended opportunity in the big leagues and really gave me another opportunity coming off a down year to kind of get back to the status I was at before. It’s been a really enjoyable ride here in Baltimore, and I’m very, very thankful for that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:07 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:11 AM (#5967299)
Where does he report?
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:19 AM (#5967302)
I thought a PTBNL had to be at the same level as the player received ... or some such. Or did I make that up or did they get rid of that rule?
   3. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:23 AM (#5967304)
Where does he report?

To an Atlanta strip club.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:28 AM (#5967306)

I thought a PTBNL had to be at the same level as the player received ... or some such. Or did I make that up or did they get rid of that rule?


I don't think that's ever been the rule? The PTBNL is frequently a low-level minor leaguer. In this case, since only 60-man club pool guys can be traded during the season, its probably a guy not in the 60-man club pool.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:43 AM (#5967307)
I think the rule is that he can't play in the majors between the trade and the time he is sent to the other team. It possibly used to be split AL/NL.
   6. Rally Posted: August 01, 2020 at 10:58 AM (#5967319)
If I was a big league player and had not opted out, a trade to the Marlins at this point would push me over the edge and say no thanks.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 01, 2020 at 11:03 AM (#5967321)
Where does he report?
The bus will be passing through later this afternoon.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: August 01, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5967324)
I thought a PTBNL had to be at the same level as the player received ...
It's usually the opposite
   9. Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2020 at 05:46 PM (#5967419)
Yeah, brain turned that around ... can't be at the same level.
   10. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: August 01, 2020 at 06:36 PM (#5967436)
Never heard of this guy. He was bad last year, but good the three years before that. It's all smoke-and-mirrors though, career 4.5 K/9. And he's 33. (Late bloomer, made his debut at 29.)
   11. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: August 01, 2020 at 07:06 PM (#5967439)
Out of the frying pan...

He must have bothered someone in the O's org.
   12. RJ in TO Posted: August 01, 2020 at 10:24 PM (#5967473)
Never heard of this guy. He was bad last year, but good the three years before that. It's all smoke-and-mirrors though, career 4.5 K/9. And he's 33. (Late bloomer, made his debut at 29.)
The K/9 is lower than you'd like, but it's paired with a 3:1 K/BB, and he's generally been pretty stingy with the homers as well at least partially through a GB/FB ratio of 1.67/1, compared to a league average of 0.79/1. For a lefty reliever, he's still potentially of use.

Please note I'm not saying he's definitely going to be a success but, other than striking out a ton of batters, he does appears to be doing everything else right in order to succeed. Since all it's costing them is a PTBNL, it's a reasonable gamble.

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