Gibbons RELEASED!

I wanted this to happen, but I didn’t think it would….BUT it happened!

The Orioles finalized their roster today, releasing veteran outfielder Jay Gibbons, who had been the second longest tenured member of the club.

With the move, the Orioles are responsible for paying the $11.9 million left over two years on Gibbons’ contract. Utility infielder Scott Moore beat out Gibbons for the last roster spot.

I was not going to be able to find playing time for Jay Gibbons with the roster being what it was right here and right now,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. “He agreed with that. He got his release and we’re going from there.

Wow. They really are committed to rebuilding. It’s one thing to trade your two best players who make alot  of money and you get young inexpensive talent back, but its another thing to release a player and eat 11.9 million dollars. It’s refreshing to see the O’s determine a spot the roster based on talent and not by veteran status and salary. I’d been ticked if Moore (who had an awesome spring) didn’t make the team and Gibbons (who hasn’t been productive in two years) did.

MacPhail said that club owner Peter Angelos, who has always liked Gibbons since the organization plucked him from the Toronto Blue Jays organization in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft, was on board with the decision.

“I certainly talked to Peter about it as I do with all the big decisions we make,” MacPhail said. “I gave him the ramifications and what my thinking was. I hadn’t really reached any conclusions myself. I was wrestling with this one. I was really, to be honest with you, looking for some advice. His advice was, ‘You got to do what you got to do.’ Those were the last words that he left me with and I took the position of well, this is what we have to do.”

I guess if there was any doubt who’s running the show in Baltimore, there’s not anymore. Angelos has let Andy MacPhail do what he wants to do. This was a big decision for Angelos eat to almost 12 million bucks.

Gibbons is gone. Its frustrating that someone who came in here with some talent had such a disappointing stay. He had seasons in 2002, 2003, and 2005 that were productive. But after that he wasn’t able to stay healthy and there was that whole steroid thing too. His power was sapped and hitting his weight became a tough thing for him to do.

In the end, I really won’t miss Jay Gibbons. He’ll get his money and whether he plays or not again doesn’t really matter.

I don’t have many fond memories of Gibbons, I don’t mean that as a dig. It was 2006 that I started ordering MLB Extra Innings to watch the O’s, and that was when Jay Gibbons began his descent into unproductivity.

I’ll remember him for a couple things.

1. Gibbons was not a great defensive outfielder. Two years ago against the Angels when he went for a ball Vlad hit that was right on the line, he missed the ball, hit the ground in a heap, and was on the DL the better part of the season.

2. Hitting homers when it doesn’t matter. If the O’s were down 7-1 in the 8th inning against the Royals, Jay Gibbons could hit a solo homer. If if were 4-3 and 2 on and 2 out in the ninth he’d strikeout or do his signature popout. But hey, in sure losses, he could mash.

3. The first base debacle. Poor Sam Perlozzo, maybe in time we’ll look upon your tenture in a more forgiving sight. But I remember when he was going to make 1st baseman out of Javy Lopez and Jay Gibbons. The goal was admirable. There were too many catchers (Ramon was signed in the offseason) and too many outfielders. Sam wanted to make time for all players and thought ‘hey, we haven’t had a 1st baseman around these parts since Eddie Murray’ and thought out of Gibbons and Lopez, one could play 1st. In the end, neither could. Lopez was a mess and neither were pleased about having to learn a new position. In the end, Sam nixed the plan as quickly as he could. Ironically, Javy Lopez retired last Sunday and this Sunday Jay Gibbons got released.

4. Last but not least, he managed to hit his wife in the face during a game with a foul ball. He goes through slumps where he can’t hit the side of a barn with a beachball but he manages to catch his wife with a foul ball in the face.

I expect these times to at least have marginal interest in Gibbons

1. Giants (I think they’ll sign him)

2. Mariners

3. Rangers

So in the end, Gibbons’ will place in Oriole history will be along side Sammy Sosa, Luis Matos, Marty Cordova, Larry Bigbie and Darrell McDonald in the last decade of Oriole outfield medicority. Maybe if Jay would have been off the roids, things could have been different. Maybe he could have been healthy and be contributing piece to the team, but that’s not the case. Jay’s an O no more. I wish you well and maybe he’ll catch on with another team.

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Jeter exorcism

Things look alittle different don’t they? I though things were looking stale, so in a salute to Andy MacPhail who did the right thing and blew up the O’s, I blew up the old look.  

I’ve received a few complaints from a few of you all (and Heath) about the fact that my header had Derek Jeter’s face on the scoreboard.It’s all quite valid, Derek Jeter’s image should be nowhere on this blog unless he’s crying tears of defeat.  I’ve been meaning to change it for awhile, but didn’t get around to it. Having done alot today (I really have, I’m patting myself on the back right now) I figured I should tackle this header once and for all. First, I tried to keep the older header and mark out Jeter’s face. Sadly, Wordpress doesn’t take altered images on headers. So I had to find a new picture. I think it’s sharp. It’s fixing to be a new season for a new team, might as well fresh up the blog for 2008. Anyway It’s Saturday night and I need to get going. Enjoy the Jeter-free Oriole Central.  

Bedard Trade FINALLY Done

It’s finally done.

From ESPN

Baltimore received outfielder Adam Jones, who will probably start in center field on Opening Day. The Orioles also obtained reliever George Sherrill and pitchers Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio.

I like the return, while I would have liked Clement or Triufel being in the deal, we made out pretty good.

Adam Jones- This should be our centerfielder for the next six years (at least). I’ve heard and read that he should be the next Tori Hunter, he’s going be better than Torii Hunter, he’s a blend between Torii Hunter and Mike Cameron. This kid should be good. I’m looking forward to an outfield of Luke Scott, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis. Man, that’s the best outfield we’ve had in ten years. Remember when Ed Rodgers was playing left field against the Mets two years ago and lost the ball in his jersey? Yeah, we won’t have to worry about that anymore.

LF Scott                                     CF Jones                                         RF Markakis

That’s awesome…..or rather potentially all around awesome. Nick is already. We’ll have to see about the other two.  

George Sherrill- At first I was thinking why are they wanting to get a 31 year old reliever in this deal? Upon further reading, he’ll be under team under for the next 4 seasons. He’s a lefty who can setup or close. A bullpen lefty like him can pitch 8 more years. He’ll close for us this season more than likely and next offseason he can be traded again or if he has a good reason, well….let’s hold on to a good bullpen guy.

Chris Tillman was the M’s minor league pitcher of the year last season. If either him or Tony Butler turn in a solid rotation pitcher that’s awesome. If both pan out, then it’s awesomer. The great thing about these guys is that they can pitch in the minors this season and if as the season progresses an injury occurs, we’ve got depth in the minors. Good young pitching depth! No Victor Zambrano or Russ Ortiz signings!

Kam Mickolio is probably going to be our closer in the next year or two. He’s supposed to have some nasty stuff and with a name like that I’m sure he’s going to be nasty.

It’s a great day. Rebuilding is underway. The O’s are no longer trying to give us patchwork teams that can win 70 games. This season will probably be tough. Next season too. But I’m definately going to order my Extra Innings this season so I can see my O’s progress. MacPhail has a plan and it’s happening. He wants a team that’s deep on pitching and if two or three of the pitchers he got from Houston and Seattle pan out, we’re on the way back up.

This has been the best offseason for me in a long time. For years all we’ve had is the horrible near signings. Players use the O’s to drive up their price for the teams they really want to go to (Carlos Lee, Vlad, Korenko). There hasn’t been any crappy signing like the Huffs and Paytons. There hasn’t been any horrible contract extensions (Melvin Mora, Jay Gibbons).

What’s next? Is Brian Roberts getting traded? It probably should happen, but it doesn’t have to happen right now. I want some of the dead weight to go away. I don’t want Jay Gibbons, Jay Payton, Melvin Mora, and Huff taking away playing time from the future of the team. I’m anxious to see what MacPhail can get for them. Not much I’m sure, but he did well with the Traschel trade.

Kind of all over the place with this post, but its been that kind of week. Anyway, It’s been a great day. I hate to Bedard go, but the deal has to happen. If the team is going to rebuild, we have to get the best return we can. Bedard has brought us back the most. Happy Trails, Erik. You were awesome and I’ll miss you.

It’s going down!!!!

Bedard to the Mariners is happening!!!

Adam Jones is definately part of the deal. The rest of the players are not known.

Here’s the money link.

Reliever George Sherrill, rumored to be in a possible O’s-M’s traded, has said that he has yet to be notified of a possible change of address to Baltimore. Jones says he will be flying to Baltimore tomorrow for a physical.

This is awesome. Our outfield, outside of Markakis, has been awful. Now we get to see Luke Scott, Adam Jones, and Nick Markis in the outfield. That’s awesome. If we can get Matt Murton from the Cubs in a Roberts trade, then wow…just wow.

I’m giddy that we’re getting getting Jones. Now we just need to see who else we’re getting. If we get Carlos Triunfel also in this deal, I’ll go nuts. I’ll post more when I know more, but apparently its done. Hopefully there’ll be more to see tonight.

Bedard to M’s creeps closer

Rosenthal brings in some more info

Bedard: A trade between the Orioles and Mariners is only one player away from completion, major-league sources say, but that one player could be right-hander Chris Tillman, a 19-year-old that the M’s would prefer to retain.

Outfielder Adam Jones would be the centerpiece of the deal for the Orioles, and left-handed reliever George Sherrill and 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Triunfel are among the other players under discussion.

Obviously, Jones comes to the O’s in this deal. The other names are, as Rosenthal says, under discussion. I think a lot of this depends on the Roberts trade. If we acquire two pitchers from the Cubs (the two Seans), then we’d probably get mainly position players from the Mariners.

Maybe by the end of the week, all of this will be over. We’ll know what kind of team we’ll have to watch develop next season and the only trade we’ll hear is salvage scrapyard trades for Mora, Millar, and Huff.

Roberts Traded…Not

Tony Pente, publisher of Orioles Hangout, report today that the Orioles traded Brian Roberts to the Chicago Cubs for pitchers Sean Marshall and Sean Gallagher and shortstop Ronny Cendano.

Later Tony reported that front office today him that this was inaccurate.

BUT…

Bruce Levine of the Chicago Tribune say the deal is certain to happen.

And…

Roch doesn’t have any light to shed on the subject.

Let’s say this is the trade that happens. We give up Brian Roberts, a great second baseman and leadoff hitter. We get back a bunch of question marks. Honestly, that’s what we’re going to have to deal with for awhile. Only one player from this ‘”trade” may pan out and become a great player. If one does, then it’s a win for us. If all three turn out to be everday major league players, then its a good trade.

Cendeno wasn’t all that impressive in his first callup with the Cubs. Will he be better the second time around?

Marshall was medicore last year in National League. Will a move to American League make or break him?

Is Gallagher a legit prospect who can be a starting AL pitcher?

If this is the trade that happens, I don’t know how I feel about the return. I’ll miss Roberts. I have his jersey, which means that at some point…I’ll have to get a new jersey (yes, it’ll Markakis). Trading for unproven players means taking a gamble. We’re not getting Rich Hill or Felix Pie in this trade, so if we can get 3 players who can be good (if not great) everyday players…it’ll be a win. It may take awhile to determine it though. I’d still like to get Matt Murton in this trade. With the outfield in a state of flux, Murton would be a good 4th outfielder or he still could be a good starter. I think he got screwed over in playing time in Chicago.

I’d prefer this Outfield next season

LF- Scott/Murton

CF- Jones

RF- Markakis

A vast improvement indeed.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the coming days.

Tejada to Houston

Let the rebuilding begin.  

It finally happened, Tejada’s been traded.

Tejada goes to the Astros for outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, and third-base prospect Michael Costanzo. I didn’t see this coming. The Angels or Dodgers, sure. The Giants sounded likely….but I didn’t think the Astros had enough to make this happen. The fact that Adam Everett isn’t in this deal is all the better. Everett is a great defensive player/horrible offensive player who shouldn’t be starting for a rebuilding team.

As for what we got, some down in Houston aren’t happy. Richard Justice has this to say. It sounds like Patton and Albers could be good pieces for the team. Scott isn’t a bad player, but he’s almost 30 and I’m thinking he’ll get traded again before he put on an Orioles’ uniform. Sarfate and Costanzo are wildcards in the deal. I’m hoping this is the revenge of the Glenn Davis trade.

All in all, I’m kind of surprised this is what we ended up for Tejada. Its not a bad deal and I think we come out on the better end of this, but a year or two ago, the deal would have been better. The Mitchell report comes out tomorrow, I wonder if that’s just a coincidence.

But I’ll miss Miggi. He’s been a good player for the O’s, but he has not place on this team. He needs to be on a contending team. With the Astros, he has a better chance. I wish him the best.

I’ll do more on this over the next few days, but I wanted to get this out today….since it is kind of big news.