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Orioles transactions 2013/2014 Offseason

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Here are the Orioles full list of additions since the end of the 2013 season. Newest transactions first. List does not include resigning of former Orioles players.

 

Added content from rotoworld.com:

 

Aaron Laffey

Orioles signed LHP Aaron Laffey to a minor league contract.

 

He did not receive an invitation to spring training. Laffey logged a 7.11 ERA over 12 2/3 unexceptional innings for the Mets and Blue Jays last year. He's supreme organizational depth, nothing more.

 

Alex Gonzalez

Orioles signed INF Alex Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gonzalez, who will turn 37 in a couple weeks, batted just .177/.203/.230 over 41 games for the Brewers last season before being released in June. The veteran infielder played some third and first base last season and could crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster as a backup infielder.

Scott Savastano

 

Orioles signed INF/OF Scott Savastano to a minor league contract.

 

The 27-year-old will not receive an invitation to major league spring training. He has the ability to play both corner outfield positions, as well as first base, second base and third base, and will provide organizational depth for the O's.
 

Alfredo Aceves

Orioles signed RHP Alfredo Aceves to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

 

Aceves appeared in just 11 games with the Red Sox last season and had an ugly 5.36 ERA in 69 relief appearances in 2012, but he has enjoyed some success in the past. While the 31-year-old can be a bit of a headache, he could have value as a swingman.

Brock Bond

Orioles signed INF Brock Bond to a minor league contract.

 

The deal does not include an invite to spring training. Bond, 28, is a .300/.398/.377 hitter over over seven seasons in the Giants' minor league system. He'll function as organizational depth.

Luis Vizcaino

Orioles signed RHP Luis Vizcaino to a minor league contract.

 

The deal does not include a spring training invite. Vizcaino, now 39, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009. He had a 1.40 ERA, 25 saves, and a 69/11 K/BB ratio over 45 innings with Yucatan in the Mexican League last season.

Delmon Young

Orioles signed OF/DH Delmon Young to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

 

Young shouldn't have trouble earning an Opening Day roster spot, as there's playing time available for him at designated hitter and possibly left field. The 28-year-old hit .260/.307/.407 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 103 games between the Phillies and Rays in 2013. He's a career .303/.341/.471 hitter against left-handed pitching.
 

Quintin Berry

Orioles signed OF Quintin Berry to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

 

Berry spent nearly all of 2013 at Triple-A with three different teams, putting up a hideous .191/.309/.257 batting line with 30 steals. He is landing in a good spot, as the O's are unsettled in left field. He could win a bench spot.

 

Liam Hendriks

Orioles claimed RHP Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Cubs.

 

It has been a busy month for Hendriks, who was designated for assignment by the Twins on December 5, claimed by the Cubs on December 13, and will now head to Baltimore. The 24-year-old native of Perth, Australia owns a 6.06 ERA in 156 career major league innings.

Ivan DeJesus Jr

Orioles signed INF Ivan DeJesus, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

 

DeJesus has appeared in 48 games in the majors between the Dodgers and Red Sox and spent this past season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, where he hit .319/.380/.457 over 103 games. The 26-year-old could surface on Baltimore's bench at some point.

Fabio Castillo

Orioles signed RHP Fabio Castillo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

 

Castillo, 24, posted a 5.34 ERA and 95/43 K/BB ratio in 89 1/3 innings as a starter and reliever between the Giants' Double- and Triple-A affiliates this past season. He'll serve as organizational depth in 2014.

David Lough

Orioles acquired OF David Lough from the Royals for INF Danny Valencia.

 

It's a swap of reserve parts. Lough, 27, batted .286/.311/.413 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 96 games this past season for the Royals. He can play all three outfield positions and will serve as a roaming backup in 2014 with Baltimore. Valencia, 29, is a .263/.302/.412 career hitter at the major league level.

Michael Almanzar

Orioles selected 3B Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox in the 2013 Rule 5 draft.

 

Almanzar is a former $1.5 million bonus baby from the Dominican Republic who hasn't yet put together all of his tools on the field. He has high-voltage raw power and a cannon for an arm, but his long swing and middling athleticism has hindered his upward mobility. The son of former major league reliever Carlos slashed .268/.328/.432 at Double-A Portland this past season.

Ryan Webb

Orioles signed RHP Ryan Webb to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

 

The deal was agreed to last Friday and then made official Tuesday after Webb passed his physical. He'll likely serve as a setup man next year in Baltimore.

Cord Phelps

 

Orioles claimed INF Cord Phelps off waivers from the Indians.
 

Phelps was designated for assignment by Cleveland last week. The owner of a .469 career major league OPS, he'll struggle to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster.

 

Xavier Paul

 

Orioles signed OF Xavier Paul to a minor league contract.
 

The Reds non-tendered Paul on December 3. Paul played in 97 games with the Reds last season, compiling a .741 OPS in 239 trips to the plate. Paul was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so he wasn't due a significant raise, but the Reds decided to cut him loose. The 28-year-old hit .244/.339/.402 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 97 games this past season.

 

Jemile Weeks

Orioles acquired 2B Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later from the Athletics in exchange for RHP Jim Johnson.

 

Weeks had a promising rookie season but was way down the A's depth chart after batting just .219/.301/.300 the last two years. He lands in a good spot in Baltimore, as they're not set at the second base position. At best, though, he'll likely have to beat out a host of competitors for the job.

Francisco Peguero

Orioles signed OF Francisco Peguero to a one-year, $550,000 contract.

 

Financial details have not yet been disclosed. The 25-year-old will battle for a reserve outfielder role with the O's during the spring, and could be a dark horse candidate to win the starting job in left field. He slashed an impressive .316/.354/.408 with three homers and 30 RBI in 70 games with Triple-A Fresno in 2013.

Johnny Monell

Orioles acquired catcher Johnny Monell from the Giants for cash considerations.

 

The 27-year-old Monell hit .275/.364/.494 as Triple-A Fresno's starting catcher last season, but defense behind the plate has held him back. While the Orioles could consider carrying him as Matt Wieters' backup, they'll likely continue to look at alternatives.

 

Brad Brach

Orioles acquired RHP Brad Brach from the Padres in exchange for RHP Devin Jones.

 

Brach was designated for assignment by San Diego last week after posting a 3.19 ERA and 31/19 K/BB ratio in 31 innings for the big-league Padres in 2013. He will be in the running for a bullpen job with Baltimore.

Edgmer Escalona

Orioles signed RHP Edgmer Escalona to a one-year contract.

 

Escalona was surprisingly able to land a major league deal after he posted a 5.67 ERA over 37 relief appearances with the Rockies this past season. However, the Orioles have been intrigued by his success in winter ball and clearly see him as a piece of their bullpen for 2014.

Kelvin De La Cruz

Orioles signed LHP Kelvin De La Cruz to a one-year contract.

 

De La Cruz managed to land a major league deal after posting a 2.89 ERA and 78/35 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. The Orioles will give the 25-year-old an opportunity as a left-handed specialist.

Kyeong Kang

Orioles signed OF Kyeong Kang to a minor league contract.

 

Kang posted a promising .264/.365/.479 batting line with 16 home runs and 49 RBI in 124 games this summer between High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery (affiliates of the Rays). The 25-year-old native of Korea will serve as organizational outfield depth for the O's.

 

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I'm with you Joy, although I do think adding Webb was a good addition. but middle relievers are never going to have a huge impact on a team.

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The only one that really intrigues me is the outfielder from Kansas City. That could go down as a very good pick up. Otherwise... yawn.

Lough will be a good pickup, but he's not a bat.

They are going to need real improvement from DH in order to cover for the loss of Nate.

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Lough will be a good pickup, but he's not a bat.

They are going to need real improvement from DH in order to cover for the loss of Nate.

to compound the problem, Lough needs to produce enough to make up for the loss of Nate and Valencia.

 

Good luck kid!

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Adding depth is important but where are the upgrades to the starting lineup?

Last year the plan was 'all the pitchers will be as good if not better'. That's the plan for the lineup this year.

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Last year the plan was 'all the pitchers will be as good if not better'. That's the plan for the lineup this year.

The hole in that plan is we lost Feldman, so that's not possible

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2012 was the high water mark for this team. over the course of the 15 years that the O's have been "rebuilding", the Indians have built up 3 separate post season teams. 

 

the nice thing is that the rotation has to stay here for at least 3 more seasons. they have no choice. but the position players will soon be reduced to AJ, Manny and a merry band of rookies, cast offs and twilight hangers on.

 

like I said in Oct, at least I can buy $5 tix and sit in the $45 sections. 

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Angelos will take that away too. He moved his offices to the Warehouse so he could spy on people and call security if he caught someone. :)

 

In all honesty, this would not surprise me one bit.

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Here are the Orioles full list of additions since the end of the 2013 season. Newest transactions first. List does not include resigning of former Orioles players.

 

 

Those are some exciting pick ups, aren't they?  Look out American League East!  I understand Duquette has another 17 million to spend...so at a million a piece, that will be 17 more unknowns with fair to poor statistical backgrounds.  Can't wait to see that list.

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Those are some exciting pick ups, aren't they?  Look out American League East!  I understand Duquette has another 17 million to spend...so at a million a piece, that will be 17 more unknowns with fair to poor statistical backgrounds.  Can't wait to see that list.

Assuming they all pass their physicals.

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Scott Savastano (IF/OF)
Alfredo Aceves (RHP)
Brock Bond (IF)
Luis Vizcaino (RHP)
Delmon Young (OF/DH)
Quintin Berry (OF)
Liam Hendriks (RHP)
Ivan DeJesus Jr (IF)
Fabio Castillo (RHP)
David Lough (OF)
Michael Almanzar (3B)
Ryan Webb (RHP)
Cord Phelps (IF)
Xavier Paul (OF)
Jemile Weeks (2B)
Francisco Peguero (OF)
Johnny Monell ©
Brad Brach (RHP)
Edgmer Escalona (RHP)
Kelvin De La Cruz (LHP)
Kyeong Kang (OF)

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Adding depth is important but where are the upgrades to the starting lineup?

Agree, it's great having depth! Unfortunately, Ryan Flaherty and whomever earns the starting-nod in the "DH-platoon" are not Major League caliber.

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Adam Jones said it best at Fanfest today:

 

"We should be able to play .500 ball or better".

What he should have said was, "We should be able to play .500 ball or better and I should be able to draw 20 walks in about 700 at bats."

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