Mickolio on the trade and having a fresh start

David Hernandez referenced Monday morning’s trade to Arizona being a “fresh start” and if there’s anyone who needs a fresh start it’s Kam Mickolio, the other part of the O’s deal with the Diamondbacks.

Mickolio has been traded once before -he was acquired in the Erik Bedard haul from Seattle– and said that this time it’s much different because it all happened so fast. He got a text from his agent on Monday morning and an hour and a half later it was done.

“It definitely moved a lot faster and smooth than the last one I was involved in,” Mickolio said. “It’s definitely a good move for both teams.”

Mickolio was bothered by injuries all season and although he acknowledged it’s never easy to leave an organization, he dubbed the prospect of moving to the National League West “gratifying and exciting”.

“This year was kind of a one nagging thing that just never went away,” Mickolio said of a season in which he appeared in just 33 games, three of which were for the Orioles.  “I was just trying to fight through it all year, but it got to the point where it wasn’t helping.

“The whole time it was kind of hindering me, [my] numbers were going down. And in years past, people think I’ve been injury prone. So to get out of this [organization] and move on to a new organization it does feel like a fresh start. And I’m excited.”

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