How All Of The Orioles Pitchers Were Acquired:
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The club took some flak in virtually discarding a 101 save man over the last few years to save some money. Johnson was awarded $10 MIL for the year, and has flamed out in Oakland and Detroit since. Those dollars are about what the team receives collectively as a unit.
The team was also lambasted for the signing/not signing of Grant Balfour, because a sketchy physical. Again, they have looked good in the transaction.
The O’s have done a great job building their Bullpen and Rotation.
That coupled with some waiver claims (T.J. McFarland as a Rule 5 Draft Picks) and former team draft picks – converting in to late inning arms (Brian Matusz and Closer Zach Britton), and you have seen a brilliant molding of a Relief Core.
Ryan Webb was actually optioned to the Minors, despite decent numbers, while clearing a path for Andrew Miller, as part of a deal from Boston. Miller is one of the better LHP out of the pen in the last year.
Kevin Gausman represents the only starter right now that was drafted by the team originally.
Bud Norris was brought into Baltimore for a couple of former draft picks and a 2014 RD A compensation pick.
The other significant 2013 deal for the staff – was dealing a Minor Leaguer for Brad Brach.
The Ubaldo Situation
Looking at the numbers, Buck Showalter has the right idea in taking Jimenez out of the rotation.Regardless of the contract figures, Jimenez has failed to be that ace that the Orioles expected to get when he signed his 4 YR $50 MM dollar contract in the winter.
It’s time to let Jimenez take some time to figure things out, as hopefully skipping a start or two will give him time to work on his mechanics to help get him back on track.
This is also familiar territory for the Orioles, as Showalter and crew have had some good success sending guys to the bullpen.
Remember, Zach Britton and Tommy Hunter, two of the best arms in the Orioles’ bullpen this season, were starters that struggled, but once they were shifted to the bullpen they seemed to have figured it out and have been very reliable throughout the season.
Maybe Jimenez can find a role in the pen that could help the team clinch a playoff spot.
As for replacing Jimenez in the rotation, the team should be just fine.
Miguel Gonzalez will be brought back up from Triple-A, and in his recent starts with the major league team has looked pretty impressive.
In order to continuing competing, the Orioles need guys such as Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Tillman to step up, as those two guys are the ones that need to try to anchor this staff.
Of course, this rotation as it is right now isn’t as star-powered as a team such as Detroit, but they do have the pieces that can get the job done.
Don’t disregard guys like Gonzalez, Kevin Gausman or Bud Norris, because these guys definitely have the ability to compete and keep their team in ballgames.
This is a step in the right direction for the Orioles. If they can somehow find the Ubaldo Jimenez – they expected to see when they signed him, this team could be a very dangerous threat down the stretch.
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.
The Pitchers In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Chris Tillman (4/15/88) SP: February 8, 2008: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with Tony Butler (minors), Adam Jones, Kam Mickolio and George Sherrill to the Baltimore Orioles for Erik Bedard. Read the Hitters portion under Adam Jones for this tree. Link in next line.
Tommy Hunter (7/3/86) RP: July 30, 2011: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Chris Davis to the Baltimore Orioles for Koji Uehara. Visit the Davis Roster Tree in the Hitters Roster Tree Blog. Link In Next line.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4/7/93) RP: Signed by the Orioles as an international free agent on January 22, 2010.
Transaction Dates Provided by the best website in the world, http://www.baseballreference.com
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