How All Of The O’s Pitchers Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree Explains That The Staff Was Created By Deft Transactions!

Chris Tillman continues to assert himself as one of the emerging great arms in the American League.  The 26 Year Old RHP is 26 - 12 in his last 38 game decisions with a mid 3 ERA.  Not bad when you consider he and Adam Jones were brought to Maryland for former Draft Pick Erik Bedard, (who is barely hanging on to professional baseball - and was hurt or average in his Seattle days).  That deal and the Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis/for Koli Uehara deals kickstarted the renaissance of this historic club.

Chris Tillman continues to assert himself as one of the emerging great arms in the American League. The 26 Year Old RHP is 26 – 12 in his last 38 game decisions with a mid 3 ERA. Not bad when you consider he and Adam Jones were brought to Maryland for former Draft Pick Erik Bedard, (who is barely hanging on to professional baseball – and was hurt or average in his Seattle days). That deal and the Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis/for Koli Uehara deals kickstarted the renaissance of this historic club.  The O’s made the postseason for the 1st time in 15 years during he 2012 campaign, and now possess a massive lead in the AL East with 35 games to go.  The O’s management and brass can take stock in a job well done in building this current group of ballplayers.

How All Of The Orioles Pitchers Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner) & Nick Delahanty (MLB Reports Featured Writer):

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The Orioles made a swift and blunt move last off season, when they traded their 2012 and 2013 Closer Jim Johnson for Jemile Weeks.

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.

Chris Tillman was part of the now extremely lopsided deal, which saw Adam Jones for Erik Bedard  several years back.

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.

Darren O’Day was claimed off of waivers from Texas, in the same campaign the club also fleeced the Rangers, with the Chris Davis/Tommy Hunter deal for Koji Uehara.

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.

The team has supplanted the rotation, with a few key Free Agents over the years, starting with Wei-Yin Chen, and Miguel Gonzalez.

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.

Due to the struggles of Ubaldo Jimenez, the Baltimore Orioles have decided to move him to the  bullpen, There has been no official decision about whether or not Jimenez will rejoin the rotation at any point this season, but you have to wonder if the Orioles are really okay with keeping him in the bullpen, especially after they gave him a  hefty contract during the offseason. In his two starts since returning from the disabled list, Jimenez hasn’t showed Buck Showalter any reason to keep him in the rotation. His 66 walks are second in all of baseball behind A.J Burnett of the Phillies, and the lack of command has taken him out of games much earlier than the Orioles would like. In 12 starts since May 18th has left the Orioles looking for that ace to lead them into the postseason. Looking at the numbers, Buck Showalter has the right idea in taking Jimenez out of the rotation.

Due to the struggles of Ubaldo Jimenez, the Baltimore Orioles have decided to move him to the bullpen, There has been no official decision about whether or not Jimenez will rejoin the rotation at any point this season, but you have to wonder if the O’s are really okay with keeping him in late in games, especially after they gave him a hefty contract during the offseason. In his two starts since returning from the DL, Jimenez hasn’t shown Showalter any reason to keep him in the rotation. His 66 walks are 2nd in all of baseball behind A.J. Burnett of the Phillies, and the lack of command has taken him out of games much earlier than the Orioles would like.In 12 starts since May 18th

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


Ubaldo Jimenez (1/22/84) SP: February 19, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. 4 YRs/$50 MIL


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.

How All Of The Orioles Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree


Wei-Yin Chen (7/21/85) SP:  Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 2012.  Signed thru 2014, 2015 team option, 3 yrs/$11.09M (12-14) & 15 team option.


Bud Norris (3/2/85) SP:  July 31, 2013: Traded by the Houston Astros to the Baltimore Orioles for Josh Hader (minors), L.J. Hoes and 2014 round A competitive balance pick.

Josh Hader (4/7/94) P;  Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft.

L.J. Hoes (3/15/90) OF:  Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.


Miguel Gonzalez (5/27/84) SP:  March 4, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. Arbitration Eligible in 2015 – 2017, and a Free Agent in 2018.


Kevin Gausman (1/6/91) SP:  Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2012 amateur draft.


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.

How All Of The Orioles Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree


Zach Britton (12/22/87) CL:  Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2006 amateur draft.


Darren O’Day (10/22/82) RP:  November 2, 2011: Selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Texas Rangers.


Ryan Webb (2/5/86) RP:  December 10, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. 2 YRs/$4.5 MIL.


Brian Matusz (2/11/87) RP:  Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft.


T.J. McFarland (6/8/89) RP:  December 6, 2012: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles from the Cleveland Indians in the 2012 rule 5 draft.


Brad Brach (4/12/86) RP:  November 25, 2013: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Baltimore Orioles for Devin Jones (minors).

Devin Jones (7/4/90) RP: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 9th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.


Andrew Miller (5/21/85) RP:  July 31, 2014: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Baltimore Orioles for Eduardo Rodriguez (minors).

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

Darren O'Day has been filthy dominant out of the Bullpen this year.  He has posted a 0.95 ERA and 0.882 WHIP in his 54 Appearances - spanning 56.2 frames worth of work this year in late inning duty.  The club has made many right decisions in constructing the Bullpen, including walking away from Jim Johnson and Grant Balfour, while making key claim waivers, and implementing the right former starters into the late inning relief such as: Britton, Hunter and Matusz.  The best part about this facet of the squad is they have not broken the budget, as none of them make a lot of money.

Darren O’Day has been filthy dominant out of the Bullpen this year. He has posted a 0.95 ERA and 0.882 WHIP in his 54 Appearances – spanning 56.2 frames worth of work this year in late inning duty. The club has made many right decisions in constructing the Bullpen, including walking away from Jim Johnson and Grant Balfour, while making key claim waivers, and implementing the right former starters into the late inning relief such as: Britton, Hunter and Matusz. The best part about this facet of the squad is they have not broken the budget, as none of them make a lot of money.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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