Orioles Trade History: 2008


Orioles: P Erik Bedard


Mariners: OF Adam Jones, P George Sherrill, P Chris Tillman, P Kam Mickolio, P Tony Butler

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Tyler's BylineThis trade goes down as one of the best in Orioles history, especially with Baltimore’s bad history with trades.

Erik Bedard had a career-year with the O’s in 2007, putting up a 13-5 record with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts.

However, Bedard expressed his disapproval of Baltimore and told the club he wanted out, so the Orioles made this huge trade.

The biggest piece to this trade was Adam Jones, who has now become the face of the Baltimore Orioles. He’s a three-time All-Star and has proven to be one of the top outfielders in the MLB.

Chris Tillman was another big piece from this trade and managed to become one of the Orioles’ top pitchers for the last few seasons.

Tillman struggled to find control early in his career, but figured things out in 2012 and became an All-Star in 2013.

George Sherrill, the flat-billed closer for the club from 2008-2009, was a fan-favorite. Sherrill had 31 saves in 2008 and made the All-Star team that season. He was later traded in 2009 for third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson.

Kam Mickolio struggled in Baltimore and didn’t last long (but would be traded later for another key Oriole), while Tony Butler never actually made it to the majors.

So what about Erik Bedard? He struggled to remain healthy in his time with the Mariners and only posted a 20-23 record in Seattle.

Erik Bedard since trade

2008 SEA 15 15 0 0 81.0 70 38 33 9 37 72 6 4 1.32 3.67
2009 SEA 15 15 0 0 83.0 65 29 26 8 34 90 5 3 1.19 2.82
2011 BOS 8 8 0 0 38.0 41 22 17 3 18 38 1 2 1.55 4.03
2011 SEA 16 16 0 0 91.1 77 41 35 11 30 87 4 7 1.17 3.45
2011 Total 24 24 0 0 129.1 118 63 52 14 48 125 5 9 1.28 3.62
2012 PIT 24 24 0 0 125.2 129 76 70 14 56 118 7 14 1.47 5.01
2013 HOU 32 26 0 0 151.0 149 83 77 18 75 138 4 12 1.48 4.59
2014 TB 15 14 0 0 72.2 74 40 34 7 27 64 4 5 1.39 4.21

He bounced around with a few teams after that and is now pitching with the Tampa Bay Rays.



Manny Suspension Shows MLB Bias

Tyler's BylineMajor League Baseball decided to uphold Manny Machado’s five-game suspension, which he will start serving immediately.

Machado’s suspension stems from the series against the Oakland Athletics, in which Manny had an altercation with third baseman Josh Donaldson and also threw his bat down the third-base line after being thrown out.

I want to say I agree with this suspension before I start my rant on how the MLB is flawed. Machado acted childish and deserves the five-game suspension.

Now here’s what I don’t understand; what makes it right to suspend a player five games for throwing a bat down line but no suspension is handed out for throwing at a batter?

I’m talking about Oakland’s pitcher Fernando Abad, who threw a fastball at Manny’s head and contributed to Machado losing his cool.

The MLB decided to fine Abad for the incident, but didn’t even mention the idea of suspending the pitcher.

These actions by the MLB give the notion that it’s not OK to throw the bat down the line, but it’s okay to throw a fastball at a batter around the head area.

Let’s revisit another incident in which the MLB decided to let things slide.

A year ago, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz struck out at Camden Yards and decided to take his anger by destroying the dugout phone with his bat.

The incident even almost caused Ortiz to hit teammate Dustin Pedroia.

However, Ortiz wasn’t’ suspended for swinging his bat around in the dugout like a child. He wasn’t even fined for it.

Like I said; I firmly believe Manny Machado deserves his suspension, as he showed an immature side to him during the A’s series.

However, the MLB needs to be fair with its suspensions and stop letting certain things slide, while others don’t.

What I’ve learned is you can destroy a dugout phone and throw at a batter’s head: just don’t throw your bat down the line.


USA vs. Belgium Preview


Byline BenOk folks, this is it, the final stretch before the big day! The much-anticipated match between our Yanks and Belgium’s Red Devils will be seen around the world.

In honor of this match I’ll break my previous habit of only providing previews for each round and give you what you all have been waiting for; a match-specific preview! I stated in my previous post that the Yanks have a tough day ahead of them, and I still stand by that thought.

However, Belgium has recently been decimated by the injuries of key players like Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany and Anthony Vanden Borre.

Meanwhile, the latest out of the U.S. camp is that Jorgen Klinsmann revealed that Jozy Altidore has a very good chance of coming back for such a crucial game. Needless to say, Altidore’s return could have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.


Belgium’s midfield and defense are severely hurt while the U.S.’s attacking game might be improving very shortly. Even without Altidore, Klinsmann built up a powerful side that could force the match to be decided in a penalty shootout.

At the same time, the Yanks still need to be careful; though the Red Devils are down, they are by no means out. They want to advance as much as the U.S. does, and will fight tooth-and-nail to make it happen.

No matter what happens after the whistle blows, I expect a very close, exciting game that will undoubtedly go down as one of the most important in U.S. soccer history.

Matt’s USA vs. Belgium Preview

Orioles Trade History: Part 1

Tyler's BylineThe Baltimore Orioles have made a lot of key trades in the last few years that have helped shape the team that they have today.

This week, we’ll go through the biggest trade in each year and decide whether the Orioles won or lost the deal. Stay tuned!


Orioles: SS Miguel Tejada

Astros: OF Luke Scott, RP Troy Patton, RP Matt Albers, P Dennis Sarfate, 3B Mike Constanzo

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The Miguel Tejada trade was the start of the of a span of many trades aimed to put the future of the Orioles together.

Tejada had a strong run in Baltimore, as he was as three-time All-Star there, but the Orioles saw he was on the decline and decided to make the huge trade.

Luke Scott was the biggest return piece in the trade and was a fan favorite during his time in Baltimore.

Scott played in Baltimore from 2008-2011 and hit 84 homeruns with the team. He wouldn’t enjoy the O’s playoff success in 2012, as he signed with the Rays that season, but his strong clubhouse presence helped turn the Orioles around.

Luke Scott with Baltimore

2008 BAL 148 475 67 122 29 2 23 65 53 102 2 .257
2009 BAL 128 449 61 116 26 1 25 77 55 104 0 .258
2010 BAL 131 447 70 127 29 1 27 72 59 98 2 .284
2011 BAL 64 209 24 46 11 0 9 22 24 54 1 .220

Troy Patton put up a couple good years of relief for the Orioles, but had a bunch off-field issues and was recently traded for catcher Nick Hundley.

Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate had their struggles out of the bullpen for the Orioles and didn’t last long on the team, while Mike Constanzo never played in Baltimore.

Miguel Tejada had a couple All-Star seasons with the Astros, but declined in power and actually returned to Baltimore in 2010.

The outcome of the trade ended up being pretty even, but this trade set the tone of the Baltimore front office trying to change the team around.




Kevin Gausman: Ready

Tyler's BylineKevin Gausman is now in a weird limbo with the Orioles, as he gets called up for a start and then sent right back down to the minors.

The Orioles originally brought Gausman up June 7 after the team placed Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day DL.

GausmanHe didn’t disappoint the Orioles during Gonzalez’s absence, posting a 3-0 record and giving up two runs in 19 innings.

Gausman showed great control in those three starts, hitting the corners of the strike zone with fastballs that were touching 98 mph.

His impressive stretch made the Orioles throw around the idea of using a six-man rotation after Gonzalez came back off of the DL.

However, the O’s chose to stick with a five-man rotation and Gausman was sent back down to Triple-A Norfolk.

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It was a questionable move by the club, after the 23-year-old had pitched so well for the team, but the Orioles didn’t feel the need to send a starter to the bullpen or roll with a six-man rotation.

The plan was for Gausman to come back up to the O’s soon after his demotion though and that process was sped up after Baltimore put Bud Norris on the 15-day DL.

Gausman’s last start showed some control problems, as he walked four batters and also hit a batter. He got the loss and some fans questioned whether he is ready to pitch for the Orioles.

The answer to that question: Kevin Gausman is ready to stay in the majors for good.

This is a pitcher who has nothing left to prove in the minors anymore and has already proven how dangerous he can be when he is hitting the corners of the strike zone.

Gausman also has strong comparisons to Justin Verlander, as his velocity goes up throughout the game and he is able to blow hitters away with speed.

The former LSU pitcher is still going to have his struggles, as seen in his last start against Tampa Bay, but he needs to stay in the rotation in order to work through them.

Sending Gausman up and down seems to be hurting the pitcher’s psyche and the Orioles need to find a way to keep him in Baltimore.

He has the chance to prove his worth while Bud Norris is out, solook for Gausman to succeed in his next couple starts.

Buckle up O’s fans: Kevin Gausman should be here to stay and ready to lead the rotation for years to come.

Dylan Bundy: Inning-by-Inning


Byline MattIt was one year ago that Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy had Tommy John surgery, a procedure that has crippled the career of many major league pitchers. Just 365 days later, Bundy took the mound for the Aberdeen Ironbirds in his third rehab start with the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Orioles.

He finished his third start with five scoreless innings on 70 pitches before he was pulled. He struck out six batters and allowing three hits and two walks along the way. Here’s the inning-by-inning breakdown of Bundy’s start.

First inning:

Bundy’s first inning was strong, although his first pitch was a single by Renegades lead-off man Jace Conrad. He recovered to strike out the next two batters, including a strike-him-out, throw-him-out play to end the first frame.

// Second inning: The second inning was much the same, save for a two-out walk; a runner he eventually stranded. Bundy had four strikeouts through the first two innings.  His fastball is reaching 92-93 but has been consistent on 91mph.

Third inning: However, Bundy struggled with his command in the third inning, allowing a walk with one out. The runner advanced to third on two steals, but Bundy forced a groundout the end the inning. His fastball reached 94 mph in the inning, the highest in the game.


Fourth inning: Bundy allowed his second hit of the night in the fourth inning, but forced two fly balls to get to two outs. On a 3-2 count with two outs, Bundy got his sixth strikeout to end the inning.


Fifth inning: Bundy came into the fifth inning at 64 pitches, meaning the 75-pitch limit would take effect at some point. He struck out the first batter, but allowed a one-out double to the next. However, he forced a flyout to center field and a groundout to end the inning.


Sixth inning: Bundy did not return for the sixth inning. He made it to 70 pitches and left the game after the fifth inning. He finished at 70 pitches, which was below his limit, but not enough to continue.


Rapid reaction:

Round of 16 Preview

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Ok, so that was an interesting group stage, to say the least! Between Suarez’s biting, the poor officiating, the major upsets early on, and the unexpected results of Team USA (but in a good way; US has been able to beat the odds more than once so far in this tournament), I can safely say that my own personal bracket has been busted. I am really starting to miss Paul the Octopus right about now…but then again he would run me out of a job! In lieu of a magic octopus, I shall try my best to bring you the most accurate predictions my meager human magic can muster, without fear of being bested by a cephalopod.

France vs. Nigeria

France vs. Nigeria

France. Need I say more? Well, actually, I probably should. See, Nigeria benefitted from facing opponents that had trouble living up to their potential, allowing them to swoop in and take the 2nd seed away from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This does not mean, however, that Nigeria is a complete team. Nigeria has many holes in its defense just waiting to be exploited, and while France did not live up to expectations against Ecuador, it is still safe to assume that Les Bleus will fully exploit those holes and dominate. At the same time, however, France must exercise caution, since it still has yet to fully shake its habit of losing to teams it should have easily won against. If France wants to avoid a near-repeat of 2010, then it should not take Nigeria lightly.

Winner– France

Germany vs. Algeria

Ger vs. ALG

Germany has been given a gift this round; Algeria cannot possibly field a team that can beat the Germans. Algeria, much like Nigeria, benefitted from opponents that for the most part underperformed (with the exception of Belgium) in the Group Stage. Germany is not the type of team to just suddenly underperform this late in the tournament. Admittedly, Germany did show that it still needed to work out a few kinks during its later Group Stage matches, but these were minor issues at best. Even the worst of Germany’s players can still find a way to score on Algeria. That being said, don’t expect starters like Muller, Ozil, and Schweinsteiger to be relegated to sub roles as Germany is here to win, no matter the costs.

Winner– Germany

Netherlands vs. Mexico

NEd vs. MEx

Ok, so El Tri was able to beat the odds and advance, but that still doesn’t mean they have what it takes to take down The Netherlands. The Netherlands squad has been on a roll since the tournament started, and they do not show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. That being said, I also do not think that the Oranje will be pulling off a victory with a large goal differential. Mexico’s squad is hungry, and Chichirito seems to be getting back to his usual self. Expect a close match here, with both sides on the attack for the majority of the match.

Winner– Netherlands

Costa Rica vs. Greece


Costa Rica has beaten the odds and made it to the Round of 16. The real question is, can they do it again? My vote is yes. Greece is an incomplete team that, in my opinion, should not have even made it into the tournament this year. As good as Greek players like Samaras are, they are not as fast, and not as strong as their counterparts on the Costa Rican side. Costa Rica plays the fast-paced, offensive style of soccer common in Latin American teams, whereas Greece still plays the old-school European style; slower, with more emphasis on defense. The traditional style works when the defense is good, but Greece does not have the players required for that to happen. Expect Costa Rica to run laps around its opponents, while Greece struggles to score.

Winner– Costa Rica

Argentina vs. Switzerland


This match is a surprisingly tough one to call; Argentina, much like Brazil, has not quite lived up to expectations this year. If they continue to underperform, Argentina could expect to exit earlier than anyone could have imagined, and against a team that on paper is severely outclassed here. Messi has yet to show up, dramatic late-game goals notwithstanding. Messi is just not stepping up to be the leader he needs to be, and the team that has been built around him is hurting as a result. Because of Messi’s lack of performance, Switzerland might just be able to pull off one more win here. I am by no means suggesting that Switzerland can win it all this year, but the Swiss side might be able to come together again just long enough to hold off a weak Argentina side. Switzerland was, after all, favored for a deep run by many analysts this year, and might just be able to live up to its expectations.

Winner– Switzerland

Belgium vs. USA


Belgium and the US, now this will be talked about for some time. If the Yanks can make it past a formidable Red Devil defense, then it is possible that the US could pull off an upset. This already difficult task has, however, been made even worse with the loss of Jozy Altidore, and the numerous other injuries that seem to perpetually plague our boys. Therefore, I expect Belgium to come out on top, but for the US to give it their all against an opponent they have yet to beat even in friendlies. Klinsmann has hopefully learned from past mistakes, but that does not mean that he is destined to lead us to victory this time around; Belgium is healthier and stronger than the US at the moment, and will likely have a few new tricks up their sleeve to throw at our boys.

Winner– Belgium

Harvey and Alvarez make Futures Game

Tyler's BylineHunter Harvey and Dariel Alvarez made our Prospect Watch list and have proven to be worth it.

Harvey and Alvarez were named to the Futures Game roster, which highlights top Minor League players.

640451The two players are the only two from the Orioles organization to make the team and their stats have shown why they’re top talents.

Harvey has struck out 76 batters in 66.1 innings down in Single-A Delmarva. He also boasts a 2.98 ERA, along with a 4-4 record.

The Orioles drafted the 19-year-old with their first pick in the 2013 draft and he has held his own in the minors. Harvey has struck out 109 batters in 91.2 innings in his Minor League career so far.

Alvarez has been the best offensive prospect for the O’s this season, batting .308, along with 12 homeruns and 57 RBI in Double-A Bowie.

AlvarezThe Orioles signed the 26-year-old out of Cuba in 2013 and he has played well in the field, with seven outfield assists this season.

Harvey and Alvarez deserve to make the Futures Game, as they are clearly the future for Baltimore.

Hunter Harvey could join a fearsome rotation when he is Major League-ready; a rotation which could feature Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy at the front.

Dariel Alvarez will likely arrive to Baltimore faster than Harvey and could have a starting spot next season if the O’s can’t retain Nelson Cruz.

The future is bright for these two stars and they will be able to show off their talents in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 13.