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Does Wiggy stay? and more trade musings

Ty Wigginton has been considered the Orioles best trade chip for months now, but he could end up staying put at the Trade Deadline. Why?

There’s a few reasons to take into account, namely that yesterday’s trade to move Miguel Tejada was primarily to clear a space for top position prospect Josh Bell. The O’s don’t have a first baseman nearly as ready, although Michael Aubrey has been on a tear lately and could earn a call-up to help share a possible platoon with either Jake Fox or Luke Scott.

So far, the offers for Wigginton aren’t deals that would really improve the O’s. He would likely get the same type of mid-level prospect acquired yesterday from San Diego, and his departure would help leave a significant hole in a Baltimore lineup trying to avoid going down as the worst team in franchise history.

MacPhail said yesterday after the Tejada trade that no more moves were on the immediate docket, and given that tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET is the deadline, an “immediate move” would have probably been deemed as something early this morning. Still, things can change in an instant and the O’s could be moved to move Wiggy. But with the Tejada trade and the Rangers –thought to be the front-runners — acquiring Jorge Cantu, I wouldn’t be shocked if he stays.

What’s becoming increasingly more likely is that the Orioles could trade reliever Will Ohman who is cheap and a lefty specialist. Particularly with the bullpen nearly back at full force and Jim Johnson progressing along in Sarasota, the Os could get a decent return on moving Ohman, who was signed to a Minor League deal this spring. 


Tejada on trade

Miguel Tejada’s thoughts on today’s trade to San Diego..

On his reactions on trade: “I know this game is a business. I wish the team could do better with me here. I’m just sorry because I think we can do much better than we’re doing now. I got to accept whatever they do. It’s a great honor that a first-place team wants me. I wish it could be here and we were fighting for first place. That don’t happen and I got to go do my job.”
On whether this surprised him: “It hit me hard. It’s not because I get traded, but one thing I never want to do is leave this team. I love being here. I feel bad because I left a lot of good guys behind. I always say that I love the city and I love this team. It hit me hard, but I got to go play and help those guys to win a championship.”
On how he’ll be used in San Diego: “I’m probably going to be used as a third base or a shortstop, the two positions that I play. I just want to go up there and help them. I love winning and there’s an opportunity there to be a winner.”
On whether his time is running out to get a ring?: “You see what happened here and now I go into a situation where I can get a ring. It’s not easy to get a ring. It’s a lot of hard work. Now, I’m going to have an opportunity. I’m just going to move forward and keep working hard and hopefully I’ll have an opportunity.”
On whether he’d consider another return to Baltimore: “I always say that I love this city, I love this team, I love the guys that they have in here. I would love to never leave here. I’ll always be interested in coming back here. I already told the team that the only team that I can be coaching when I retire is here. I love it here. In my heart, I’m one of the Orioles. I feel like this is the team that gave to my family. I think that everywhere I go, people are going to look at me as one of the Orioles. Hopefully now, they’ll look at me like a Hall of Famer like Jim Palmer or Brooks Robinson because those guys did so much for baseball and the Orioles. But I think I’m getting there because I love the Orioles and I played for them a long time. I think my heart belongs to the Orioles.”

Tejada to San Diego

Miguel Tejada has been traded to San Diego for right-handed pitching prospect Wynee Pelzer. Pelzer was ranked the Padres’ seventh-best prospect heading into the season and is currently at Double-A.

For more on the story, with Tejada’s quotes to come, click here.

Odds and Ends….

*Corey Patterson (bruised heel) is available to play tonight off the bench.
*Juan Samuel said Josh Bell hasn’t been playing much because Miguel Tejada was brought here to play third base. (Or perhaps they are trying to shop him and want him to play as much as possible.)
*The Orioles roster situation is going to get a lot crazier later this week. You can read about today’s moves here. Besides Bell, I can’t think of a front runner roster casualty. The team could go about 10 different ways and it will be interesting to see what Andy MacPhail does…
*On the move to send Chris Tillman to Norfolk…I’m not sure about this one. While Tillman is inconsistent he has proven to be dominant at Triple-A. It’s the easy choice to get Millwood back in the rotation, but sooner or later it’s going to mess with these young kids heads to keep sending guys like Brad Bergesen and Tillman back-and-forth. Not sure I agree with this move or how the young pitchers are being handled. As a key part of the O’s future, they have to tread carefully.
*Tillman will likely start Saturday in Norfolk. 

Orioles roster mania

BALTIMORE– The expected flurry of Orioles roster moves this week continued on Tuesday, with the news that right-hander Chris Tillman had been taken out of the rotation and optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk for the second time this season.

Interim Orioles manager Juan Samuel also confirmed that veteran Kevin Millwood will be activated from the 15-day disabled list (right forearm strain) and start Thursday’s game with the rest of the O’s rotation sliding back a day.

Baltimore is expecting to activate closer Michael Gonzalez -either following Wednesday’s game or early on Thursday – and the O’s could also add another arm prior to Wednesday’s game to take the spot vacated by Tillman. Matt Wieters (strained right hamstring) is expected to slide right into the lineup on Sunday, and Brian Roberts, who started a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday, could also be activated in the next few days, although the team is leaning toward having Roberts wait. Rookie infielder Josh Bell is expected to be a roster casualty and the team will have to make a few more to clear space.

Although the Orioles roster is in upheaval, president of baseball operations MacPhail said there is “nothing that would indicate” a trade in the next several days, to help free up some space. Beyond that, the Orioles are always discussing possibilities around this time of the year, particularly with veterans like Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada.

“We’re still trying to make the decision which way we’re going to go, whether it’s going to be a pitcher or a position player when all these guys come back,” Samuel said of the roster juggling. “I think Andy has got his hands full trying to figure out which way we’re going to go.”

With Roberts, he could possibly begin next week’s road series with the Orioles, but given his injury, a herniated disc in his lower back, Roberts would have to be used sparingly on Toronto’s artificial turf.

While MacPhail acknowledged that “Brian’s rather keen on getting it going,” the organization will reevaluate him on Thursday, when he takes a day off of rehab. Having Roberts play at the Rogers Centre surface -which is similar to the three straight games he started in Tampa Bay prior to reinjuring himself on the Orioles home opener – is hardly ideal and it could push him back another series.

“For me, the ideal place for [Roberts] is Kansas City,” Samuel said. “We have to be smart. We do not want to see him have a major setback. I’m sure he’s going to push his way into playing in Toronto, so we have to be smart with this.”

The Orioles also had to weigh the possibilities concerning sending Tillman back to Norfolk, in what is becoming a yo-yo year for the young righty. With Samuel and MacPhail both against a six-man rotation, Tillman -who allowed eight runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in Monday’s loss – proved to be the odd man. The 22-year-old has struggled to find consistency at the Major League level -nearly pitching a no-hitter in his previous start at Texas-but given that he wasn’t going to throw again for five days, it was an easy choice to make room in the rotation. 

Millwood has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a strained right forearm and has seen a strong-first half collapse into a 10.20 ERA over his previous seven starts. Samuel said he was confident Millwood could return to his early-season form, and Millwood has attested since the All-Star break that his arm has felt much better.
The Orioles are equally optimistic about Gonzalez, who was placed on the 60-day DL (left shoulder strain) and used his full rehab assignment, which expires on Wednesday.

While Gonzalez has struggled in the Minor Leagues, Samuel thinks his concentration and focus will help improve his location -and results -when he rejoins the O’s.  Signed to a two-year deal this offseason to close games, Gonzalez appeared in just three games -including two blown saves – before landing on the DL and will be eased back into the later innings.

What to do with Wiggy, plus MacPhail on young talent

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said on Saturday at the Orioles State of the Team address no one is untouchable when it comes to trade talks, including the team’s young core. But MacPhail did acknowledge that it would be hard to part with a young player even if the team would get back a impact bat that it badly needs for the future.

The Orioles are actively shopping veterans Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada, with Wigginton the team’s best trade chip given his versatility and resurgent year. The Rangers had a scout in attendance last night and have made it no secret that they are interested in Wigginton.

It’s important to keep an eye on Brian Roberts‘ return, as that would clearly give MacPhail reason to move Wigginton. The timetable on trading Wiggy figures to rely heavily on  when the Os will have a healthy B-Rob.

If the Os are going to avoid a sweep…

I put my money on Jake Arrieta in tonight’s game as the best shot for the Orioles to steal one this series. With all due respect to Wednesday’s starter Jeremy Guthrie the O’s offense faces Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.

Considering Baltimore has a tendency to make opposing pitchers look like Cy Young Award-winners, facing Lincecum for the first time could be a fatal mix. In his last outing against Oakland, Lincecum rebounded from his recent
slide by allowing two runs on seven hits in eight innings. He also
struck out seven and walked just one batter.

Back to tonight, where Arrieta will actually hold the upper hand in terms of Major League starts. The Giants will send 27-year-old journeyman Joe Martinez to the hill for his first outing of the season while Arrieta is coming off a sparkling debut in which he held the defending World Series Champion Yankees in check.

Martinez went 3-2 with a 7.50 ERA in nine games for the Giants last season. You might remember the incident last April, when Brewers’ outfielder Mike Cameron drilled a line drive off his head. Martinez suffered a concussion and three hairline fractures to his skull, but he came back five months later. He’s tasked with tonight’s spot start.

Random fact alert: With Interleague Play and limited experience, Arrieta and Martinez will be largely unknowns to tonight’s hitters. The only Oriole who has an at-bat off Martinez is Miguel Tejada, who is 0-for-2.

Tejada, Jones look forward

Fresh off a three-game sweep in Toronto the Orioles are 21 games under .500 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games. And the schedule doesn’t get any easier, as the Orioles next nine games are against the Yankees and the Red Sox.

“It was a bad month,” Miguel Tejada said. “Tuesday we’re going to start another month and we have to do it from there. It’s a new month. We have the perfect team to start playing good against, the Yankees and Boston, and the Yankees again and the Mets. That’s going to be the start of us playing good again.”

“We just have to play better baseball. [Manager Dave Trembley is] doing the best he can to get us to play better baseball. I know they always blame the manager, but I think we as players, we have to start to pick it up.”

Said Adam Jones: “We have a good day off tomorrow. I hope it’s nice weather. Guys can go out and enjoy New York, watch a play, get our minds off baseball and come back against the Yankees.”

A few mini tidbits

*Kevin Millwood’s ride-along with the Baltimore police on Wednesday afternoon will be televised on MASN’s pregame show Friday. Millwood said if he wasn’t a baseball player he wanted to be a cop, so the team arranged the ride-along.
*Orioles prospects Zach Britton and Caleb Joseph were on hand for Thursday’s game. Britton was a guest on the MASN pregame show, while Joseph joked he was Britton’s bodyguard for the night.
*Rhyne Hughes set an Orioles franchise record by hitting safely and recording an RBI in his first three Major League games. After sitting against tough left CC Sabathia, he was back in Thursday’s lineup.
*Jason Berken is third in the American League in lowest opponets’ batting average against lefties (minimum of 20 batters faced) at .091. He trails only Boston’s Daniel Bard (.080) and Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano (.087)
*Prior to Friday night’s game, Miguel Tejada will present Project Medishare with a check for $25,000 from the Orioles Charitable Foundation to assist in their Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Dr. Barth Green -who is expected to be in attendance for the ceremony– and Dr. Arthur Fournier founded Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. in 1994.  Tejada is also going to donate money for each hit and homer he collects this season, although they haven’t determined exactly what amount that will be.

Tejada day-to-day with groin strain


OAKLAND — Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada is day-to-day
with a mild groin strain suffered in the sixth inning of Baltimore’s 4-3 loss
to the Oakland Athletics.

Following the game, Tejada said the team’s training staff
told him the injury wouldn’t warrant a trip to the disabled list, but he will
likely need to rest for a few days.

With Baltimore’s offense scoreless through the first five
innings, Tejada tried to spark something with a bunt to the left side of the
infield. But after taking several steps out of the batter’s box, Tejada felt
something tighten up and dove headfirst into the bag, rolling around in pain as
he grabbed his right quadriceps area.

After several minutes on the ground with head athletic
trainer Richard Bancells examining him, Tejada tried to walk a few steps to
shake out his leg. But it was in vain, and he exited in favor of pinch-runner
Cesar Izturis.

“What Tejada did today was probably one of the most
unselfish team plays I’ve seen in a long, long time,” Orioles manager Dave
Trembley said of his cleanup hitter’s decision to bunt. “The guy loves to
win, wants to win. He’ll do anything for the club.”

Tejada, who singled in his previous two at-bats against A’s
starter Justin Duchscherer, said he was just trying to get on base in hopes
that designated hitter Luke Scott would connect for a homer.

“I know I’m hitting fourth but in this game when you
are struggling the way the whole team is right now, you got to make something
happen,” Tejada said.

The Orioles’ primary cleanup hitter this season, Tejada
entered Saturday’s game batting .186 with two homers and seven RBIs. He tied
his season high with three hits before leaving Saturday’s game.

For an already-injury depleted Orioles club, being without
Tejada will require some shuffling.  On
Saturday, Baltimore inserted Izturis at shortstop and moved Ty Wigginton from
third to second base, with Julio Lugo moving from short to second.

While Wigginton is the primary backup at third base,
Trembley could also opt to put Justin Turner at second instead of Lugo. 

“The doctor said it’s not going to be anything to worry
about [long-term],” Tejada said. “I’ll be ready in a couple