Odds and ends

Odds and ends here.

Mostly about finalizing the Bradford and Williamson deals.  I love this quote from Leo Mazzone:

That’s good news for Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone, whose bullpen last season was the second worst in the major leagues.

“The bullpen, let’s face it, was a mess,” Mazzone said yesterday. “What they’ve done is bring in quality guys that have been through the wars and still have a lot of ability not only for now but in the future, instead of running out guys that have not pitched above Double-A. I’d say that’s a pretty big difference.”

Yes, it was a mess. A bloody damn mess.

There were a few good bits at the bottom of the article.

Duquette reiterated yesterday that despite rampant speculation, the Orioles have “no interest” in trading closer Chris Ray

I would prefer not to trade Chris Ray. He was thrown to the wolves last season and did great.

Ray’s stats from last season.  With 42 million dollars worth of new buddies now, I’m eager to see how he’ll do next season. With closers at a premium though and a great offer comes around, no one on this team in untouchable.  That said, I’d much prefer to keep Ray and let Danys Baez pitch the 8th. 

The Orioles have had conversations with the representative of free-agent first baseman-outfielder Ryan Klesko and discussed possible parameters for a deal, but no formal offer has been made.

Klesko’s stats

This might be a nice gamble. Give him a one deal deal, split him between first base/DH/ and Left field. Last season, Klesko played in all of 6 games. He’s 35 and he’s certainly not a player who you hail as a cornerstone player. If he happens to get healthy, then he’s a good bat in the lineup. I’m not opposed to this signing, but I don’t want to hear how he’s the answer. He wouldn’t be. He’d be a stop gap, who’d just be a notch above Millar and Conine. Sign him to a one year deal with a team option for a second. No stupid vesting options, just a deal with a decent base salary and incentives based on plate appearances and offensive numbers. Klesko could be a nice surprise, but if the O’s sign him, I want them to keep looking for a big bat.

The Winter Meetings are coming up. Do the O’s make any  noise?

The Fredrick Keys, Bowie Baysox, and Delmarva Shorebirds were all sold. Ken Young, who also owns the Norfolk Tides, bought the Baysox and the Keys. The 7th Inning Stretch, a baseball ownership group, bought the Shorebirds. I think it’s good that the bulk of our minor league affiliates are owned by one person. At least we don’t have Ottawa anymore.

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