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O's Face Rotation Vacancy

The Orioles are currently 12-14, 5 games out in their division and 2.5 games out for the wild card.  With the Yankees floundering a bit, they can at least allow themselves to dream about a playoff spot.  It's time to start pondering possible improvements to push the club to the next level.

What they really need is a power bat; the Orioles are 11th in the league with a .392 SLG.  However, management may view starting pitching as a more pressing concern.  The starters collectively have a 4.72 ERA (10th in the league), and Jaret Wright is out indefinitely with shoulder concerns.  Not that Wright would be helping that 4.72 mark if he was out there.

The O's can take solace in Erik Bedard's strong peripherals as well as indications (before last night) that Daniel Cabrera had turned a corner with his control.  But Steve Trachsel (0.79 K/BB) and Adam Loewen (0.75 K/BB) are precariously perched atop decent ERAs not built to last.  Loewen at least can blame his abnormally strong opposition, but Trax is a long shot to keep pitching well.

Hayden Penn is undergoing surgery, leaving Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Burres as possible replacements for Wright.  Guthrie, a former first rounder, is a nice gamble under Leo Mazzone.  Still, PECOTA doesn't see he or Burres coming in under a 5.00 ERA this year.  Jeff Zrebiec mentions past trade discussions about Josh Fogg and Byung-Hyun Kim, options that are none too inspiring.

The Orioles often spin their wheels and tread water, but the Yanks' struggles could present an opportunity to bring respectability back to the franchise.  To do so, they need to acquire an ace starter.  We're probably at least a month off from such a possibility, and I doubt the Indians end up trading C.C. Sabathia as speculated hereCarlos Zambrano could be that available ace, if the O's would send Loewen to the Cubs.  Dontrelle Willis and Brad Penny are a couple of other names the Orioles could consider to bolster their rotation.  Baltimore certainly has a few young arms the Marlins would covet.


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Hey Tim, I have no idea WHY writers feel the need to talk about the tribe moving Sabathia. What's the logic, he isn't a free agent until after 08, not this season. Also, the Indians are off to a good start. Anytime people write like this it looks like nothing but wishful thinking to me.

big z's gotta be worth more than lowen.

big z's gotta be worth more than loewen.

It would be hard to see the Cardinals giving up on the season but if they are 8 or 9 games out of first at the trade deadline and Mark Mulder is ready to return I could see the Cards trading Kip Wells.

If he keeps his ERA in the low to mid 4's he could bring a decent return. If the O's are looking for a big bat they might be interested in adding Chris Duncan in the same deal.

The Cardinals would probably want Nick Markakas or Adam Loewen and a minor league prospect in return for both Duncan and Wells.

do you really think the dodgers would trade penny considering how bad jason schmidt has panned out so far?

The marlins have better arms then the O's do in the minors by far.

More likely the fish would want Markakas in any deal for Willis and a catcher prospect (dont believe they have one worth a damn) and that would most likely be a deal breaker

wait wait wait

Someone is suggesting that Kip Wells is worth Loewen or Markasis.

That's just incorrect

Yeah, I think Markakis is close to untouchable at this point. The O's would have to trade Penn or Reimold which probably wouldn't get much. I could see Gibbons for Lowry, maybe. A good trade that would never happen would be Mark Hendrickson, Tony Abreu, Andre Ethier and Wilson Betemit, for Tejada...or Mora for Hendrickson and Betemit, maybe. I happen to know a lot about the dodgers and orioles, ok. Truthfully, there isn't a match for Penny as both teams need power hitters. As for Kip Wells?? No way on Markakis or Loewen, and the O's don't need (Duncan) another 1b/LF/DH with Gibbons, Millar, and Huff. I'd say Kip Wells for Todd Williams and Brandon Fahey is more like it.

cliff lee or paul byrd could be available from the indians.... they arent aces but would improve the Os rotation

Jason Schmidt is on the shelf, and that might keep Penny in L.A. But, you must remember the Dodgers are loaded with pitching. Hendrickson, Tomko, Hong-Chi Kuo, could all fill in that spot on the rotation. Although, I think the Dodgers are making a big mistake right now by not making Chad Billingsly a starter. This kid is not made to come out of the bullpen. If the Dodgers do trade Penny, they need a bat to come back.

GoBoSox420 lay off the pipe and learn to read. I said Wells AND Duncan.

lih is right, the O's dont need another LF/1B/DH type.

However, I dont think the Cards want Todd Williams (a convicted drunk driver) or the light hitting LF you mentioned. They would want a good AA SP who would be ready for the big leagues by 2009. The O's got anybody like that?

The O's have a releiver that is dominating at Norfolk..Todd Williams 0.00 ERA in 11 innings. He has been with the O"s for 3 years but when they ovespent for their bullpen he was odd man out. Is there a scout out there that is watching ?? He would be a great trade, he is a workhorse out of the pen, there are many teams that need bullpen help.
And "registereduser".. it was a traffic accident , not a DUI, after test results show 0.00 alcohol level the case was dismissed ..check your facts.

Fahey is a utility man, not a lf. He plays all the infield positions and left field. I just think Kip Wells would get crushed in the AL East.

Hey, I have an idea! Why don't the Orioles obtain a good, cheap young pitcher like John Maine instead of paying for unimpressive mid-level talent?

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