December 6th, 2013 at 9:47 AM
By Josh Michael
Once again the Baltimore Orioles have added some bullpen depth this offseason, and although it is once again not the type of signing most fans want to see, the O's have reportedly agreed on a two-year worth around $4.5 million with RHP Ryan Webb.
MASN's Roch Kubatko reported the deal via Twitter earlier this morning:
"Source: Orioles reach 2-year agreement with RHP Ryan Webb, who pitched for Marlins." via his Twitter @masnRoch. "Deal for Webb for around $4.5 million."
Webb has been a reliever his entire five year MLB career and has a career mark of 13-15 with a 3.29 ERA over 266 appearances and 276 innings. He has spent his entire career in the National League with the Padres (two years) and Marlins (three years).
He will be 28 once the season starts and is coming off of a pretty good year in 2013 as he posted a 2.91 ERA with a 1.207 WHIP in 66 appearances and 80 1/3 innings pitched.
Over his career he has been much better against right handed hitters holding them to a .254 average and he strikes out almost one more batter per walk than he does against lefties. Incase you were wondering, left handers are hitting .285 against him over his career.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 6th, 2013 at 8:51 AM
By Josh Michael
Shin-Soo Choo is one of the most talked about players in the entire free agent market this offseason and rightfully so. He has been linked to the Baltimore Orioles over the past week or so, thus we felt it was time to examine him in one of our free agent profiles.
Look, we are going to be honest with you, we never intended to perform a free agent profile on Choo because there was no shot the Orioles were going to go out and spend the money to actually sign him. With the recent events over the past week and numerous questions from our readers/followers, we felt the time was right for a profile on Choo.
Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury were considered the top two outfield free agents and for those that are not very familiar with Choo, he does indeed belong in the discussion with guys like Ellsbury. Choo has a career .288 average with 104 home runs, 197 doubles, 427 RBI and 105 stolen bases as a leadoff hitter for most of his career. We know what your thinking, a leadoff hitter? What's his on base percentage like? Well let us tell you that his career OBP of .389 would have led the entire Orioles team last season, nevertheless the fact that he posted a robust .423 OBP in 2013.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 5th, 2013 at 10:28 AM
By Josh Michael
We shift gears from the closer opening to the outfield with our free agent profiles as we highlight outfielder Nelson Cruz who has recently been linked to be an interest to the Baltimore Orioles.
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1, the Orioles are active in the market for bats which includes Cruz.
Baltimore has done nothing thus far this season to improve their current roster and have actually gotten worse with the trade of Jim Johnson, and having not yet resigned any of their free agents such as Brian Roberts, Nate McLouth, Jason Hammel, Scott Feldman and Michael Morse.
Orioles fans and players alike are anxiously awaiting and hoping the front office makes some moves in the upcoming weeks to prove they are trying to get better as frustration is high.
Cruz would be a pretty big splash from a team that is not known for doing just that in recent memory, but let's examine Cruz's numbers and whether or not he is a legitimate answer to some of the Orioles problems.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 5th, 2013 at 7:39 AM
By Josh Michael
After the slurry of moves around baseball over the past few days, including the Baltimore Orioles trading closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics, today we get back to our free agent profiles and potential targets for the Birds. With the departure of Johnson, the Orioles now have a void at closer, thus we highlight former Brewers closer John Axford.
When it comes to closers, there is a split mindset around baseball where some believe that simply anyone can closer and others believe the opposite, but Axford has proven that he can handle the job.
St. Louis decided to non-tender Axford on Monday, thus making him a free agent and up for grabs as, no disrespect to Axford, a second tier free agent closer.
Axford has pitched in the NL Central for his entire career and mostly with the Brewers, but finished this season with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has posted a career 22-19 record with a 3.29 ERA, 106 saves, and a 1.326 WHIP. His success does not end in the regular season as he has posted a 1.42 ERA with a 1.026 WHIP in 12 career postseason appearances, including 2 1/3 hitless innings in this year's World Series against the Red Sox.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 4th, 2013 at 9:27 AM
By Josh Michael
The key for every team in every offseason is to fill the holes your current roster has with better players than those that are already there, but thus far the Baltimore Orioles have failed to fill any holes while creating more.
Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette has said that the money saved by trading Jim Johnson will be reallocated elsewhere on the team, and the Orioles have now made the projected $10 million that Johnson would have made the most watched $10 million in recent memory for Orioles' fans.
We have defended the trade based on one notion; if Duquette turns the $10 million into a player or two that fills holes this team has in left field, starting rotation, second base or with a left handed DH, then it could turn out to be a great move, but if the Orioles do nothing of note with the savings, they risk enraging a fan base that is already upset to say the least.
Do not get us wrong, it's just the first week of December and there is plenty of time remaining in the offseason, but when you see several teams around the league improving their team's, while the Orioles have actually made their team worse so far, it is frustrating.Read more... Join the Conversation...