Adam Jones was brought over in a trade with Chris Tillman, George Sherrill from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Erik Bedard in the 2007 offeseson. Jones is a 3 time Gold Glove Winner, and has 2 straight season of 30+ HRs, and might well be in the top 5 AL MVP consideration this year by the time it is all said and done. This trade started the pendulum swinging back in the other direction – after a horrible 10 year stretch for the O’s. Baltimore broke a 15 year playoff drought n 2012 with a Post Season Berth. This 4 time ALL – Star is on pace for career highs in HRs and RBI for 2014. Jones, now 28, signed a 7 YRs/$91.7 MIL deal prior to the 2012 season, which means he is with Baltimore until the end of 2018
How All Of The Orioles Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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The fortunes of the Orioles have all come based on the heels of 2 nice trades and a 3rd one also tilting the scales in their favor.
1 of the deals was the Erik Bedard for Adam Jones and Chris Tillman, the other great trade was acquiring Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara.
These deals gave the club a bonafide Starting Pitcher, a Gold Glove and 30 HRs a year hitting Adam Jones, a 50+ HR guy in 2013 with Chris Davis, and a flamethrowing arm out of the Bullpen with Hunter.
Bedard was lackluster in Seattle briefly, and Koji Uehara wasn’t good in Texas, like he was in Baltimore or now Boston.
You can also trace J.J. Hardy (yet another Gold Glover) back to the assets received from Aubrey Huff.
Machado was taken 3rd overall in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, and has already lugged over 1100 AB in the Majors. He may be the best defender in the infield in all of the Majors already. The 3B is just 22 – and should be part of the core in Baltimore for at least the next half a dozen years. After a slow start in 2014 – while healing from a leg injury. he is hitting over .400 since coming back from his suspension.
Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis are all homegrown products, while the team was wise enough to bring in Nelson Cruz for a year ($8 MIL) . and make sure they let Steve Pearce know how much they liked and wanted him on the club.
This club is in position to win its 1st Division Title since 1997.
They hold a nice lead on both of the New York Yankees and Blue Jays and other than Wieters, the club is relatively healthy compared to their divisional foes.
2014 represents the best chance for the club to go far in the Post Season. The Red Sox and Rays are down and out of it, and the Yankees are old.
Right now the core is still intact, and due to brilliant maneuvers by the front office in recent years, this team’s payroll has not escalated out of control yet.
The problem is the time is ticking.. Much like their regional rivals, the Washington Nationals, the payroll dollars will grow exponentially quick when these players hit Arbitration each year.
After this season, the team already might lose J.J. Hardy and Nelson Cruz. so you should be willing to part with anybody in order to make this the campaign to remember.
I would even be willing to trade Kevin Gausman or Dylan Bundy, if it would net you a front-line pitcher like David Price, Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels.
I am not sure whether Dan Duquette will find a partner willing to trade a pitcher of those guys caliber or not.
Secondary guys should be: Ian Kennedy, Bartolo Colon (yes), Dillon Gee or Jonathon Niese, A.J. Burnett and Jorge De La Rosa.
To see the construction of this lineup shows you what a line of trades in succession may mean for your franchise.
It is great for the city of Baltimore and the MLB. Having a historic club like this relevant again is fantastic.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
Hardy is one of the best offensive Shortstops (just winning the Silver Slugger for the AL in 2013) in the game – and is a Gold Glove recipient from 2012 and 2013. While his power has suffered some in 2014, he is still batting 20 PTS higher than his career mark. Hardy is in the last year of his contract, and what a steal of a deal the O’s pulled off, securing his services for a Minor League and Jim Hoey back in 2010. The O’s extended him to a 3 YR deal worth $22.5 MIL prior to 2012.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Matt Wieters (28) C: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.
Nick Hundley (30) C: May 24, 2014: Traded by the San Diego Padres with cash to the Baltimore Orioles for Troy Patton.
Troy Patton (28) P: December 12, 2007: Traded by the Houston Astros with Matt Albers, Mike Costanzo, Dennis Sarfate and Luke Scott to the Baltimore Orioles for Miguel Tejada.
Matt Albers (31) P: December 2, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
Mike Costanzo (30) PH/1B: April 2, 2010: Released by the Baltimore Orioles.
Dennis Safarte (33) P: November 6, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
Luke Scott (36) OF/1B/DH: December 12, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
Miguel Tejada (40) SS/3B: December 18, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. 6 YRs/$72 MIL.
Chris Davis (28) 3B/1B/RF: July 30, 2011: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Tommy Hunter to the Baltimore Orioles for Koji Uehara.
Tommy Hunter (28) RP: Hunter has worked in the Bullpen for the last couple of years.
Koji Uehara (39) RP: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009.
Jonathan Schoop (22) 2B/3B: Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 2008.
J.J. Hardy (31) SS: December 9, 2010: Traded by the Minnesota Twins with Brendan Harris to the Baltimore Orioles for Brett Jacobson (minors) and Jim Hoey.
Brendan Harris (33) 2B/SS/3B: November 2, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
Brett Jacobson (27) P: August 17, 2009: Traded ro the Baltimore Orioles from the Detroit Tigers for Aubrey Huff.
Aubrey Huff (37) 1B/3B/RF: January 3, 2007: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. 3 YRs/$20 MIL.
Jim Hoey (31) P: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Manny Machado (21) SS/3B: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2010 amateur draft.
Adam Jones (31) OF: February 8, 2008: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with Tony Butler (minors), Kam Mickolio, George Sherrill and Chris Tillman to the Baltimore Orioles for Erik Bedard.
Tony Butler (26) P: June.14, 2010: Released by the Baltimore Orioles.
Kam Mickolio (30) P: December 6, 2010: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles with David Hernandez to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later and Mark Reynolds. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent John Hester (April 30, 2011) to the Baltimore Orioles to complete the trade.
David Hernandez (29) RP: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
Mark Reynolds (30) 3B/1B: November 30, 2012: Granted Free Agency.
John Hester (30) C: April 12, 2012: Released by the Baltimore Orioles.
George Sherrill (37) P: July 30, 2009: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Josh Bell and Steve Johnson.
Josh Bell (27) 3B: November 3, 2012: Granted Free Agency.
Steve Johnson (26) P:December 10, 2009: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants from the Baltimore Orioles in the 2009 rule 5 draft. March 16, 2010: Returned (earlier draft pick) by the San Francisco Giants to the Baltimore Orioles. Johnson had been shutdown in Norfolk with shoulder tendinitis, but will start this Wednesday, and may be an option for the O’s in the 2nd half.
Chris Tillman (26) SP: Tillman has been part of the Orioles rotation since 2009, with having better results over the last 2 years.
Erik Bedard (35) SP: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th round of the 1999 amateur draft.
Nick Markakis (30) OF: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.
Nelson Cruz (33) DH/OF: February 24, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. 1 YR/$8 MIL.
Steve Pearce (31) 1B/OF/DH: April 29, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
Ryan Flaherty (27) 2B/3B/OF: December 8, 2011: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles from the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 rule 5 draft.
Delmon Young (28) OF/DH: January 14, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. 1 YR/$1 MIL
Steve Lombardozzi (25) 2B/3B/OF: March 24, 2014: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Baltimore Orioles for Alex Gonzalez.
Alex Gonzalez (37) SS: February 1, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. 1 YR/$1.1 MIL
David Lough (28) OF: December 18, 2013: Traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Baltimore Orioles for Danny Valencia.
Danny Valencia (29) 3B: November 28, 2012: Purchased by the Baltimore Orioles from the Boston Red Sox.
Caleb Joseph (28) C: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Steve Clevenger (28) C: July 2, 2013: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and cash.
Scott Feldman (31) SP: October 31, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
Pedro Strop (29) RP: September 1, 2011: the Texas Rangers sent Pedro Strop to the Baltimore Orioles to complete an earlier deal made on August 31, 2011. August 31, 2011: The Texas Rangers sent a player to be named later to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Gonzalez.
Mike Gonzalez (35) RP: December 18, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
Jake Arrieta (28) SP: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 5th round of the 2007 amateur draft.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter were traded for by the club. in exchange for RHP relief pitcher Koji Uehara. Davis has emerged to be a premiere power hitter in the game since that time frame. Last Season, the man led the AL with 53 HRs and 138 RBI. He is tied with 2 time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera for 2nd in the MLB with 102 HRs since the start of the 2012 year. Davis is under team control for one more of Arbitration in 2015 – before he will hit Free Agency. This means the club could lose Cruz and Davis in back to back off years, which is why the club should push all of its chips into the middle of the table this year.
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