Lindstrom on the trade
Here’s reliever Matt Lindstrom on the trade, which is sending him to Arizona in exchange for starter Joe Saunders. Lindstrom found out around noon ET today.
[his reaction] “Surprised but kind of excited. It’s a little bittersweet just because the team here is doing so well. I really enjoy being around my teammates the guys in the clubhouse. I enjoy competing with them, but I’m looking forward to competing in the next chapter of my career.
“You got to understand obviously this is a business and teams have needs. And some teams are stronger in areas than others. So, you kind of take it as it comes. Sometimes it feels like you are not wanted, but that’s sometimes not the case. Here in Baltimore they have a plethora of pitching, they have depth. Just looking forward to my new role with my new team.”
[on his time in Baltimore] “I enjoyed it, the fans, the city of Baltimore treated me good. Especially my teammates, that’s what’s going to be tough to deal with.”
[on heading to Arizona] “I’m excited. I pitched in the NL West last year, I know that the Dodgers just got better and some other teams, they have up and coming young stars and stuff like that. I’m looking forward to playing with those guys, I was with JJ Putz on team USA. I know Aaron Hill a little bit. Chris Johnson, with Houston in 2010. So, seems like I’ve been around the block a little bit now with being traded. But I’m looking forward to playing with those guys.”
[on part of him being sad he won’t finish the season with the Orioles] “Absolutely. I have a ton of faith in these guys. This is a great team we are on here in Baltimore, I think they are going to go a long ways. I don’t think anybody should be surprised if they end up in first here at the end. I just wish them well. I know that they are going to enjoy continued success.”