Os acquire Hundley for Patton, add Lombardozzi (updated)
After weeks of active searching, the Orioles acquired catcher Nick Hundley and cash considerations from the Padres in exchange for left-hander Troy Patton prior to Saturday’s game against the Indians.
The Orioles also recalled infielder Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Norfolk in the start of what’s expected to be a series of roster moves.
The 30-year-old Hundley was on the Orioles radar ever since catcher Matt Wieters hit the disabled list and the organization is uncertain if Wieters –sidelined with an elbow injury– will be available to avoid surgery, making a veteran presence a necessity. Hundley batted .271 with a homer and three RBIs in 33 games for the Padres and is a career .238 hitter with 47 homers and 195 RBIs.
“Hundley is a proven veteran catcher,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a text message. “[He] handles pitchers well and has power to stabilize [the] team.”
Rookie catcher Caleb Joseph could be the guy to go for the right-handed hitting Hundley, who may not join the club until after Sunday’s game. Hundley is in the final year of his contract, which pays him $4 million this year, and has a $5 million club option with no buyout for 2015.
Patton, 28, was 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and his time was waning given that the Orioles bullpen currently has three other lefties. Over five seasons with the Orioles, Patton went 5-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 40 games.
Lombardozzi takes the active roster spot vacated by Patton but the Os will need to make another move to add Hundley. Lombardozzi gives the club infield depth, particularly with Manny Machado sidelined with groin stiffness.
Another roster move that looks good to go is Preston Guilmet, who was optioned Friday and will be added when Chris Davis goes on the paternity list on Sunday. Guilmet is still with the team and is expected to travel with them following Sunday’s game with today counting as a taxi squad day.