Orioles Acquire Julio Lugo

The Orioles acquired infielder Julio Lugo from the Cardinals (pending MLB approval), reports Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-DispatchMLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli tweets that the Cardinals will receive a player to be named later.  Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun notes that the Orioles will pay Lugo the league minimum, with the Red Sox paying the remaining $8.6MM.  Lugo asked the Cardinals to trade him, reports Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-DispatchMLB.com's Alden Gonzalez first reported word of a deal to an AL club and later suggested the O's. 

Lugo provides insurance for Brian Roberts, who dealt with back spasms earlier this spring.  He can also back up Cesar Izturis at shortstop.  Ghiroli says the Lugo acquistion could mean Robert Andino is on the chopping block.

The Cards' signing of Felipe Lopez made Lugo unnecessary.  Lugo, 34, hit .280/.352/.405 in 293 plate appearances for the Red Sox and Cardinals last year.  The Cardinals acquired him in July for Chris Duncan, with the Sox assuming Lugo's contract.

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  1. switchhitingjesus 5 years ago

    Please Please not the Orioles.

  2. caminsc 5 years ago

    “The Cardinals traded infielder Julio Lugo was traded to an American League team”

  3. elclashcombo 5 years ago

    Arent the Red Sox looking for shortstop depth? 😉

    • diesel2410 5 years ago

      I bet they’re looking for help just in case Scutaro doesn’t perform. Haha

      • rickjimbo 5 years ago

        i almost fell on the floor laughing bud, I’ll take Tugboy at Short if need be (plus the dude can hit)

        • diesel2410 5 years ago

          I’ll take Stevie Wonder over Lugo

          • elclashcombo 5 years ago

            Lugo was sooooo bad in 08 – massive slump – that the fans went full circle on him. after hating him for months, we would cheer him on at every at-bat because the slump was that bad. i dont know if we were collectively mocking him or truly felt compassion about how ridiculously terrible he actually was at the plate.

  4. Guest 5 years ago

    Rangers? Would they take him instead of Lowell?

    • Eric 5 years ago

      The Rangers aren’t ALE, but it makes sense.

      • soxfan0928 5 years ago

        Crazy – but could it be to the Sox as trade bait with Lowell? Surely not, but they are paying for him so why not try to use him as some trade bait and get him off the books? Wouldn’t be half bad! If not, see comment below…

      • Guest 5 years ago

        Oh, I didn’t read the AL East part.

        Has to be the Jays or Os then, hmm

    • soxfan0928 5 years ago

      AL East team. My guess is the O’s. They are the only team that needs him. Although the Yanks may have taken him just to say that they have a player that the Sox are paying for. That’d be dirty. But for real – O’s, Rays have Bartlett, Yanks Jeter, Sox Scutaro, J’s Gonzalez, O’s have a question mark. I don’t know why he would go back to the AL east where he sucked, and is now going to have to replace O’s pitchign with Sox pitching, which will make him even worse

      • Eric 5 years ago

        The Jays have McDonald and Gonzalez, The O’s make the most sense as a middle infield back-up to Izturis and Roberts.

  5. Largebill 5 years ago

    Why would Gonzalez say traded to an AL team without knowing which team? I could see the team not announcing anything until all parties are informed and such, but this just seems weird to only leak that he is switching leagues. Odd, to me anyways.

  6. thebeaver13 5 years ago

    I hope the Cards got something decent in return. He was a free player for them this year and is a suitable bench guy. Hopefully a left-handed bat or bull pen help.

  7. switchhitingjesus 5 years ago

    I don’t think it will be anything but the PTBNL.

  8. stackthedeck 5 years ago

    Any idea who the Cards might be getting in return?

    • Pharx 5 years ago

      As stated above, it’ll likely be either a PTBNL or cash considerations.

      • LawUSA87 5 years ago

        A Bag of Spicy Nacho Doritos and a half a pack of Tums.

      • roebirds 5 years ago

        It’ll be a PTBNL AND cash considerations, meaning there will most likely be a veteran coming the Cards’ way with cash coming from the Os to make up the difference in salary (since Lugo is being paid by the Red Sox).

    • Triteon 5 years ago

      Looks like cash and/or a minor leaguer. Seems that Stavinoha hit well enough for us to let Lugo fly.

  9. Eric 5 years ago

    Wow Lugo’s defensive numbers for 09 are horrible: -44.7 at SS in 401 innings and -22.9 at 2B in 168 innings! Talk about poor insurance. I know he is basically free, but a team will lose more runs because of him than what he can contribute!

    • VinnyG917 5 years ago

      I see you used the UZR/150.. I would say most people are used to looking at UZR numbers. If so, Fangraphs put his UZR at 2B at -3.5 I know that’s not good but its a lot better than your numbers look, even though they say the same thing

      • Eric 5 years ago

        At -13.4 UZR playing SS he really isn’t close to the defender he once was. And I should have posted UZR/150 to clarify, I didn’t think about it until I read it later. Overall, he does not look good in the field!

        • VinnyG917 5 years ago

          oh yea I agree he is definitely a below average fielder though.. as a Met fan, I can’t really comment on defensive 2nd basemen…

          • Eric 5 years ago

            Luis might benefit from a transition to 3B with another team. His UZR is poor: -10.4 at 2B in 09. But he had a successful season at the plate: .302/.387/.346. He obviously doesn’t have the power that traditional corner infielders require, but he might be worth the experiment.

          • VinnyG917 5 years ago

            I’m not sure Castillo has the arm for 3rd. I wouldn’t really think changing his position would improve his defense too much (although, his stats might go up just because of differences in the standards for UZR).

  10. gwc3 5 years ago

    This guy is making the rounds in the AL East. He’s like Eric Hinske. Only places left to go now are the Yankees and Jays.

  11. jps3k5 5 years ago

    They could move everyone around. Lugo at 3rd, Tejada at Short and Izturis to 2B until Roberts is back…Seems the best defensively

  12. Lanidrac 5 years ago

    Lugo was not unnecessary. One of the reasons the Cardinals signed Lopez was because they lacked veteran bench depth. Unless they got another verteran bench player back, the bench (especially in the middle infield where Lopez is now all we have) is now a question mark again. I hope this is an April Fool’s Day joke.

  13. osfan3000 5 years ago

    hmmm idk…… i guess hes better then our current back ups…. but if hes added to the roster more moves will need to be made to see whether or not this was a good move.

  14. easton714 5 years ago

    I don’t know what you were watching, Lanidrac, but Lugo can hardly play short anymore so his value there is limited.

    Ryan and Lopez seems like plenty of depth at SS with Greene (with Solano perhaps hot on his heals) behind them. Lugo was basically third second baseman and emergency shortstop.

    That…and I think we wanted to keep Mather, Craig, and Stavinoha on the big club.

  15. Guest 5 years ago

    Wiggy as in Ty Wigginton? If thats correct and the Cards got Wiggington for Lugo that would be a much better deal for the Cards than the O’s.

  16. Robert Andino spelled the end of his tenure in Baltimore with his non-existent bat and cocky play in the field. Yesterday, Jim Palmer deemed his pay “pathetic” when he hot-dogged a play at SS which let the runner beat out the throw.

    But it’s not just Andino, it’s also Izturis’ poor bat and the utter lack of MIF depth in the O’s system.

    Check this out, too:

    In 2009, the league average was 262/333/418/750.

    2009: 256/294/328/622
    Career: 259/298/331/629

    2009: 280/352/405/756
    Career: 271/336/391/727

  17. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    Brian matusz for lugo????? Il settle for tillman or weiters

  18. 04Forever 5 years ago

    dammit lugo, get out of my division!

  19. bomberj11 5 years ago

    Wow, they must be really, really, desperate….

  20. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    Man the orioles are making some risky moves this season, and with what happend with the Mariners, I say brace yourselves.

  21. osfan3000 5 years ago

    most likely, i am seeing Andy making another move either with Andino or Wiggy or both.

  22. soxfan0928 5 years ago

    Oh yeah he’s great. Definitely don’t need anyone else. he hit .256 with 2 HR and 30 RBI’s last year. What a monster. Shop’s closed for the O’s for sure on that one. OPS of .622. OBP of .294. Hahaha. You’re a joke. Nice automatic out you have. Good comment, dude. How does that humble pie taste? Oh – and stop “liking” your own comments, it’s lame. Lets see. He’s going to the AL East, so lets take a look at the options. Bartlett > Izturis. Jeter > Izturis. Gonzalez > Izturis. Scutaro > Izturis. Well, who does that leave? Oh, the O’s. Try to use deductive reasoning before making an idiotic comment.

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