Monday, April 2, 2012

Ex-Orioles Update

   Roster fluctuation is rather common during the off-season.Whether it be from trade, release, or free agency, most teams often go through a long list of changes. I've compiled a little update on all the players the Orioles lost this season (At least all the ones I could remember):

Kyle Hudson- After signing with the Texas Rangers as a minor league free agent, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. He has a chance to make the club as a 4th OF due to Sam Fuld sustaining an injury. Either way, he will likely provide the Rays with an insurance policy in case of injury, whether it is in the MLB or AAA.

Matt Angle- He was claimed by the Los Angeles Dodgers after being designated for assignment by the Orioles. He has been in competition for the final spot on the 25-man roster and appears to still be in contention, although he is on the outside looking in. He most likely plays CF for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes.

Tyler Henson- He was a part of the Dana Eveland deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers The 24-year old will begin the year most likely as the Isotopes 4th OF, although he will probably get plenty of playing time if/when Jerry Sands or Matt Angle are called up to the Dodgers.

Jarret Martin- He was the second piece of the Dana Eveland trade. He will most likely begin the season as a SP with the Hi-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, although that is not set in stone. There have been reports that Martin has impressed in camp so far, making the Eveland trade not look entirely fascinating.

Randy Henry- He was traded for Taylor Teagarden. He has apparently been converted to a starter. I'll just leave this tidbit here from someone whom has seen him on various occasions:
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Greg Miclat- Miclat was the Player To Be Named Later (PTBNL) in the Taylor Teagarden trade. There have been mixed reviews of him, according to Parks.

Brandon Snyder- He was traded to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. He appears to be in line to make the Rangers 25-man roster, and could act as their emergency catcher.

Felix Pie- He signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. He did not make the club as a non-roster invitee and will play for their AAA club, the  Columbus Clippers.

Jeremy Accardo- He signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. He was invited to camp as a non-roster invitee and was one of the final cuts for the 25-man roster.

Clay Rapada: He was designated for assignment by the Orioles and signed with the New York Yankees on a minor league deal. He has most likely locked up the final spot in their bullpen as the LOOGY.

Chris Jakubauskas: He signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will most likely start for their AAA club, the Reno Aces.

Jo-Jo Reyes: He signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will most likely starter for their AAA club, the Indianapolis Indians.

Mitch Atkins: He signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. He probably will fill a rotation spot for their AAA club, the Syracuse Chiefs.

Cesar Izturis: He signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a non-roster invitee and has made the club as a backup middle infielder.

Pedro Florimon Jr: He was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins. He seems in line to start the year as the starting SS for the Twins AA club, the New Britain Bear Cats, although he could also play at AAA Rochester.

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