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The Orioles renewed the contracts of right-hander
Jason Berken, centerfielder Adam Jones, left fielder Nolan Reimold and
catcher Matt Wieters for the 2010 season. And on Monday morning, all the players were saying the right things.
“I understand their side and I still get paid pretty good to play this game. So it’s definitely not a big deal,” Wieters said.
The 23-year-old Wieters, considered to be a cornerstone of the franchise, said what transpired this year won’t harbor any ill feelings for the future and it will be easy to put it out of his mind.
“That’s why you have agents. That’s why you have all the business people looking out on your side because all you do is go out there and play,” Wieter said. “That’s how you stay in this game for a long time. You can’t worry about that stuff.”
Added Jones: “It can’t be [in your mind]. You look at it, if it’s all going to work out, it works out.
“Before you are arbitration eligible, I guess they can do whatever they want. Let the process take care of itself.”
Jones said he hasn’t heard anything about a potential long-term deal, but acknowledged that the situation of teammate Nick Markakis’ makes the news easier to swallow. The organization renewed Nick Markakis in 2008 before agreeing to a six-year, 60-million dollar deal to avoid arbitration last winter.
“Both sides will come to something,” said Jones, who will be arbitration eligible in 2011.
“If they want me to be around a long time, I’d love to be around a long time. I think they expressed the same interest. Let Andy (MacPhail) and my agent [JR Sports], let them do their work.”
The 23-year-old Wieters hit .288 with nine homers in his first taste of the Major Leagues last season, and is seen as a cornerstone of the franchise. Wieters will be asked to steer a rotation that is projected to include Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman.
Berken went 6-12 in with a 6.54 ERA in 24 games last season and is
expected to start the year at Triple-A Norfolk or as a candidate for the
Orioles bullpen. Jones, and All-Star selection and Golden Glove winner
had a breakout season shortened by injury. The 24-year-old hit .277 with
19 homers and 70 RBIs in 119 games.
Reimold has been slowed
this spring after undergoing left Achilles tendon surgery in September,
but is slated to start the Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The
26-year-old hit .279 with 15 homers in 104 games and is projected to be
the Orioles starting left fielder as part of a platoon with Felix Pie.
The Orioles also announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with 22
players on one-year contracts
The list of players recently signed includes: Robert Andino, Michael
Aubrey, Josh Bell, Brad Bergesen, Alberto Castillo, Brandon Erbe, Pedro
Florimon, David Hernandez, Rhyne Hughes, Jim Johnson, Luis Lebron, Kam
Mickolio, Lou Montanez, Troy Patton, Wilfrido Perez, Felix Pie, Dennis
Sarfate, Brandon Snyder, Chorye Spoone, Craig Tatum, Chris Tillman and
That’s Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada hugging on the field pregame. Oritz joked with Tejada that the pair “aren’t getting any younger. At least they are still having fun. Also pictured: Felix Pie.
Manager Dave Trembley said pregame today that he will start to play some of the regular position players back-to-back, with Tejada being one of those guys. The former shortstop has been putting in extra early work every day with infield coach Juan Samuel, but got a morning off on Sunday. Tejada is batting 4th in the Orioles lineup today, and will play again on Monday.
Trembley said not every expected starter will go back to back, and although he declined to name specifically, you would have to assume Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold won’t go back-to-back just yet. Center fielder Adam Jones will also be one of Sunday’s starters that will play on Monday.
Quick note on this morning’s workout, it’s cloudy and overcast, but I will do my best to get more pictures up via Twitter. But by forewarned, there’s some pretty tedious pitchers fielding practice and bunt plays on the agenda for today.
Baseball Prospectus has been putting up their predictions for each division, which mostly relies on the use of PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm). It’s basically a sabermetric system for forecasting Major League Baseball player performance. BP combines each player’s performance with projected playing-time forecasts to project the standings.
You can find the whole story here, but here’s the bit that concerns the O’s…
Projected record: 79-83 (4th in the AL East)
Why They Might Win: In any other division, the Orioles would probably be a contender. Although this probably isn’t the year they put it all together, they are tantalizingly close to a return to respectability. They are projected to score 781 runs–fifth in the AL, but fourth in the East. The outfield of Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Nolan Reimold might be the best in the division. Starters Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman could have breakouts in their first full major-league seasons.
Why They Might Not Win: Their starting pitching is not yet where it needs to be. Kevin Millwood isn’t as good as his ERA made him seem last year, so PECOTA projects Brad Bergesen to be the Orioles’ starter with the lowest ERA at 4.40. This is not a formula for success.
Player Who Could Surprise: Jones started last year strong (.303/.357/.481 before the All-Star break), but cooled in the second half. PECOTA thinks he can do it all season this year, pegging him for .294/.350/.501. Even more noteworthy is his high “Breakout” score, which suggests a good probability that his production will improve by at least 20 percent over his established level of performance.
Player Who Could Disappoint: Millwood, despite a superficially strong ERA last season, has lost the ability to strike out batters at a high rate. PECOTA sees the writing on the wall and projects him for a pedestrian 4.71 ERA and just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
So what do you think?
Also, I’m hoping to get enough queries to turn out my first Orioles inbox soon, so get those questions coming via email, with your name and location.
With physicals out of the way, the Orioles got out and on the field on time today. As usual, Millwood was one of the first ones out and ready to go. I spoke with him yesterday for the first time and he struck me as a little quiet, but a nice guy. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz said he’s been really impressed by the veteran’s work habits, a fact that really sets the tone for the young guys who are in their first few camps.
“The results aren’t always words as they are his actions,” Kranitz said about Millwood. “He’s always the first one doing something. Always. Whether it be the first one in the clubhouse or the first one doing drills. Let the young guys see that and follow.”
As I mentioned in my feature story that will be up on the site later, Millwood’s locker is in between Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, with Brad Bergesen on the other side of Tillman. That’s not an accident, as Dave Trembley and Kranitz have made it pretty clear what’s expected of Millwood. And Millwood, who did the same sort of thing last year in Texas, has accepted that role, he’s been chatting with Bergesen and the younger guys and he threw his first bullpen to Wieters yesterday.
Millwood on his initial impressions of the clubhouse.
“A lot younger than me. But, a lot of good guys and seems like there’s a lot of talent here. So it’s pretty exciting to be a part of maybe helping mold these guys a little bit and help them all on their way.”
Trembley said Millwood’s presence will help take the pressure off the younger pitchers and allow them to “be themselves.”
“They don’t have to try to be something other than what they are,” Trembley said. “I think that’s the biggest tendency that happens with players at the big league level. They think more is better and they put their foot to the pedal.”
*Trembley had rave reviews for some of the guys who threw today, including Kam Mickolio, who he believes will eventually be a back of the bullpen guy. But not this year obviously, with Mike Gonzalez occupying the closer spot. When I talked to Trembley on Tuesday, he had mentioned Mickolio as one of the guys he was really excited to see. When I told Kam that he seemed pretty pleased.
“It means a lot when another coach, especially the head coach or the manager says they are excited to see you throw,” he said. “It’s always a good feeling they got a close eye on you.”
Mickolio has been down in Sarasota throwing for over two weeks, and said on Tuesday he had thrown about 10 bulllpens. So today’s session would make 11.
*Koji Uehara was another guy who impressed, with Kranitz raving about the late movement on the right-hander’s ball.
“I was real pleased,” said Kranitz. “It was night and day from today to when he threw in Boston back in September.”
*Other notables mentioned in today’s workout were Jake Arrieta and Alfredo Simon, who is less than a year removed from Tommy John’s surgery.
“[It’s] to his credit,” Trembley said of Simon. “He must have worked real hard to get to where he’s at.”
*Adam Jones, Felix Pie, Justin Turner and Blake Davis were a few of the position players who have been working out and taking batting practice before the full squad workouts start Feb. 23.
If you’re curious, the above photo is a back shot of Nick Markakis, who was barely recognizable with a full length beard and the noted, umm, interesting attire. He brought his son to watch some of the workout.