Orioles Notes: Guerrero, Duchscherer, Scott

It's been a surprisingly busy winter for the Orioles with their newest acquisition coming tonight in the form of a one-year, $8MM deal with Vladimir Guerrero.  Here's are some of the reactions to the newest Oriole plus other pieces of O's news..

  • The $8MM deal with Guerrero will bring Baltimore's payroll to roughly $93MM, up from $73MM in 2010, tweets Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.
  • Landing Guerrero puts an exclamation point on an offseason that started poorly, tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.  In a separate tweet, Heyman calls the $8MM deal a "miracle" for the slugger.
  • New Orioles right-hander Justin Duchscherer was asked to undergo a more rigorous physical exam than most, writes Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com.  The 33-year-old has been through two hip operations over the last two years.
  • The O's haven't made any progress on their arbitration case with Luke Scott, tweets Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.  Both parties are still hopeful that they can avoid a hearing.  Scott has already said that he would like to sign a long-term deal in Baltimore.  You can keep track on all arbitration cases with MLBTR's Arb Tracker.


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4 years 6 months ago

Orioles Magic BABY! Orioles Magic! OH yeahhhh! Orioles are about to shut up na sayers

4 years 6 months ago

Easy there.

Cubbie
4 years 6 months ago

Correct

4 years 6 months ago

I don’t mind some optimism after last season’s debacle. Let’s see what Buck can do with this improved team.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

I love what Baltimore did this offseason. With the crop of players that they picked up, the buzz around that team will almost certainly change, and it may become more fashionable for players to choose the Orioles in free agency. Pudge had the same effect for the Tigs when he signed with Detroit a little while back. Lookin forward to seeing some big things from the O’s.

dro03
4 years 6 months ago

I thought most of it was deferred, would that still bring it up to 93 million? But the Orioles will be tougher this year. Should win around 85 games which is pretty good for the East.

tigers06
4 years 6 months ago

there hitting will be great they have no pitchin, i more around 70 games

dro03
4 years 6 months ago

Guthrie and Matusz should be decent, Tillman might improve but the rest might suck. You never know if a fourth guy can have a decent season then 80-85 is reasonable.

4 years 6 months ago

Their pitching still looks in better shape than the Yankees lol

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Only reason it looks that way at the moment is because their rotation is set. The Yankees isn’t just yet. Bullpen? lol don’t get me started on that.

Do you really think the O’s will finish ahead of the Yankees?

4 years 6 months ago

Is it possible? yes. The likelihood it will happen? prob not. but as a O’s fan, we finally have a legitimate line-up and young players to get excited about so dont rain on our parade.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

I actually like competititon. Not raining on your parade, you should be excited and glad you got a young team. We shall see how productive it will be. Sad that Wieters, while still young, has been a disappointment so far. However I’m sure he will turn it around. Plenty of future stars have trouble starting off their career

Trivia- What pitcher (not in the HOF yet though) started off 6-14 with a 5.61 ERA in his first full season as a starting pitcher

I’ll just give the answer though to not waste your time looking it up- Greg Maddux. And now we know where he is heading

Not that I’m comparing Weiters value to Maddux’s, but you understand my point

I’m very gald that the O’s Could be a competing team in the next few years. It just sucks they are in the wrong division.

4 years 6 months ago

yea nothing personal. that was directed to all the negative commentators on here the past 2 1/2 days, i just happened to reply to yours first when reading thru the comments……. I agree, i really hope with this much protection in a line-up our young guys such as Weiters, Jones, Markakis and even Reynolds (27) can relax and become better hitters.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

As a Yankee fan, we know a lot of things about negative commentators, haha. I was dissing the O’s, I’m just saying I don’t think they are as good as the other teams in their division. Put them in several other divisions and I assure you they wouldn’t be in the very low part of the standings.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Umm, no! CC is as good as they come and Hughes is also better than anyone on the O’Ss! And if Burnett straightens himself out he’s even better than anyone on the O’s! The O’s could have a more balanced staff but not better! Still, i love their moves and expect around 85 wins with a ton of runs being scored in Camden!

mstrchef13
4 years 6 months ago

What’s more likely to happen, Burnett straightening himself out (without his precious Dave Eiland around) or Matusz, Arrieta, Bergesen, and Tillman taking the next step? Sabathia is great. Enjoy him for one more year, then watch him opt out of his contract. Hughes showed stretches of great pitching, but so did all of the O’s returning starters.

Sometimes a balanced staff is better than a top-heavy staff. Especially when that top is as heavy as CC.

4 years 6 months ago

You really think CC will opt out of his contract and leave that much money on the table? I don’t really see him getting more on the open market than what he is already making.

4 years 6 months ago

Will be the first .500 season since 1997. But I have to say you can’t win baseball on paper or in February

Cubbie
4 years 6 months ago

Os r dramatically improved since last season

Rabbitov
4 years 6 months ago

I can call Andy a lot of things, but he isn’t a liar.

4 years 6 months ago

At least there will be a reason to go to see them this year….

4 years 6 months ago

8 Mil for Guerrero and no one else wanted him, not sure that was a good signing for an on the decline DH

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

If he has a season remotely close to last years(and i would expect so from Vladdy) then he’ll be worth every penny! It would have been nice to steal him at a discount but his production is worth the contract!

mstrchef13
4 years 6 months ago

When the final details come out, much of that $8MM will be incentives or deferred money.

Rickli
4 years 6 months ago

Can’t say enough about this. Where to start? Reynolds.

Reynolds is very much underrated in my opinion. He is only 27 years old, and has one of the best HR/AB ratio at like 16.6 ABs. His defense is what gets thrown around lightly. I saw him play, and the dude can pick it. If Reynolds can hit at least .235 with 35 HR, 100 RBI, that will be huge for us. However, being in Camden, I expect him to put up something like 40 HR, with more RBIs, because all the hitters in front of him are OBP machines! Food for thought: Reynolds is too, has a good BB:K ratio.

Next, Hardy. Hardy is a solid defender who has the potential to put up just as many HRs as our 2010 leader did in Luke Scott. He will be taking over for our everyday SS last year, Cesar Izturis, who by the way is still with the O’s.

Derrek Lee. This dude wants to prove himself. He played all last year with an injury and paid for it during FA. He said it himself “I’m ready to prove the haters wrong, and show I have a lot left”. In my opinion signing Vlad will only fuel this fire. Great clubhouse leader and on field producer.

Duchscherer. This is a great signing. If Duke is unhealthy he doesn’t get paid, if he is then he gets paid. And if he is healthy he will be a GREAT addition to our rotation

And lastly, VLAD. This is by far the most exciting one year deal for me for a slew of reasons. We just agreed to terms with a future 1st ballot HOF’er. Luke Scott said it “he is by far the best hitter I have seen, a freak of nature”. Secondly, he will be batting 4th all year, it’s been since god knows when, the O’s had a legit 4 hitter. Also, Vlad induces fear in to opposing pitchers that not many players can do. He is just an animal! This Vlad signing tops off an offseason of surprises. Because I didn’t think the O’s would be this much improved. This is great, Baltimore is back on the map!

nblufire12
4 years 6 months ago

Amen brother. Amen.

4 years 6 months ago

I like your enthusiasm.

Speaking from Milwaukee, I’ll say that Hardy appears to have lost his way. He’s a good guy and a good defender, but I’m not convinced his offense returns – especially his power. Like Bill Hall, guys have good years and then never repeat them. It happens.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Reynolds is not underrated at all.

Terrible defense. His K% rate has gone up every year he’s been in the league. Very poor batting average. Well below average OBP. His highest WAR in any season was 3.6 in 2009 which he was tied for 10th in 3B alone.

There are plenty of 3B better than Reynolds.

Yes he’s good for the long ball here and there but that’s about all.

Rickli
4 years 6 months ago

He is the best 3B we have had in a while

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Well I’ll give you that one lol

Rickli
4 years 6 months ago

I’ll take 30-40 HR any day. Not to mention he stole 20 bases in 09

mstrchef13
4 years 6 months ago

Reynolds defense has improved every year he’s been in the majors. Look it up.

Well below average OBP last season, but he hit .199 and had four different injuries including a beaning and a wrist injury. Despite that, he still walked over 80 times and hit 32 homers, both of which would have led the Orioles in 2010. Also, who in the Arizona lineup was scary besides him? Kelly Johnson? Chris Young? Good hitters, but not guys that pitchers feared. Even with all his shortcomings, Reynolds is a hitter to be feared. “He’s good for the long ball here and there”. As horrible as he was last year, he still led the Diamondbacks in HRs and walks, 3rd on the team in runs scored and RBIs, and second in intentional walks behind the #8 hitter.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

TZ (Total Zone)

2007: 1
2008: -7
2009: -9
2010: -9

UZR at 3B
2007: -4.4
2008: -10.3
2009: -6.5
2010: 2.2
Career: -5.9

It’s gone down the past 2 years, not every year.

Although I have no idea how he had a positve UZR if his TZL (Total Zone with location) was the 2nd worst amongst all 3B.

4 years 6 months ago

Manny got $2million, Vlad gets 8? Obviously they aren’t the same player but with Baltimore seemingly the only team in the running… Just glad this finally happened so we can stop the daily “when will he sign in Baltimore?” posts.

Omazing
4 years 6 months ago

One of those guys played artificial baseball.
The other is a natural freak beast for lack of a better term.

4 years 6 months ago

Manny got $2 million more than he is worth.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

Manny can shut it down and quit on his team at any time and is a terrible example for young players to follow! Vladdy and his bad knees will give 100pct every game!

4 years 6 months ago

my point wasn’t why didn’t Manny get more, it was expressing surprise that Vlad got as much as he did. He will likely give 110% every day but still.

tacko
4 years 6 months ago

The mystery team offering $8 million that the Guerrero told the Oriorles about were actually the Orioles.

RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

Vlad signing was the worst thing that could have happened right now. Think about it! Pettitte retired (no more will he/won’t he posts), Vlad signs, now Michael Young is less likely to be traded IMO, since he’s replacement at DH is off the market, so those rumors could die down now too. How am I supposed to get through the work day???

jb226
4 years 6 months ago

Well, pitchers and catchers can start reporting in ten days.

RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

Actually, some of the Red Sox pitchers and catchers have already reported (a couple OF too), so there is that. This is still gonna drag out the work days though.

rickjimbo
4 years 6 months ago

I saw that, glad to hear Pap is putting in some early work

basemonkey
4 years 6 months ago

The last 3 years have been a blueprint:

Trade off whatever valuable MLB pieces for young talent. Develop and draft young talent. Bring the high promise guys to the majors. In the meantime sign cheap versatile “stopgap” MLB contracts so that they can pour all of their budgets into scouting, drafting, and development. Lay the foundation. Now that the kids are in Camden, and learning to be big leaguers, give them a leader who can guide the team and has done it before: Showalter. Now that that’s in place, stop signing stopgaps and acquire legitimate majorleaguers to support the kids’ development. Now watch them grow.

The importance of this offseason’s moves will not be in the players they added. It will be evidenced by the improvement, growth, and breakouts we see in any combination of Markakis, Jones, Wieters, Matusz, Arrieta, Britton, and/or Bergesen.

NickinIthaca
4 years 6 months ago

I’m amazed at how underrated Buck is when it comes to MLB managers. Although he has never won it all, he has a knack for turning teams around (ie – Yankees and Diamondbacks before winning WS titles and Rangers before their recent successes). I would love to see the O’s stick with him and bring something home when the “plan” comes to fruition

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

So basically if he leaves the team now they might be WS winners this season.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

U nailed it BASEMONKEY! It takes time but this year the O’s should finally be rewarded with a winning team! Loading up on offense will really help the young pitchers confidence as they finally pitch in games that mean something!

basemonkey
4 years 6 months ago

For me the real thing to watch is how their big crop of young pitchers responds to these moves. It starts from Matusz and challenges him and company to improve. Matusz, Arrieta, Tillman, Britton, Bergesen.

Throw in Wieters too, who theoretically could have a monster breakout season. You just don’t see switch-hitting cathers with such opposite field power like him. It would be great to see him go back to being more patient and getting more pitches to hit, since the lineup around him will be more established.

monkeyspanked
4 years 6 months ago

Orioles got Buck, tons of offense, and pitching that could go either way. They could be almost as good as the Rangers. Mark my words suckas!

Jim Sinicki
4 years 6 months ago

no way. The Orioles have definitely improved but do you actually think they’ll be a world series caliber team? I still think they finish 4th or 5th in the AL east battling with the blue jays.

even though they have made themselves better on paper there is still NO WAY POSSIBLE they compete with the yanks, sox or rays.

rickjimbo
4 years 6 months ago

I have to agree with you, don’t sleep on the Blue Jays

4 years 6 months ago

no one ever gives the blue jays their due, but the fact is they have had a decent team 6 out of the last 7 years. they will not be a pushover, and until the O’s prove otherwise, they are still the weak sisters of the AL east.

4 years 6 months ago

How on earth do you not see the O’s competing with the rays? Madness…

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

The AL East continues to grow more and more interesting.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

baltimore 2011 is the seattle mariners of 2010. Remember when the mariners were gonna win 90+ games from there offseason shake-up? Just got the fan base excited for nothing. Although i admit, the orioles have taken some higher reward type guys.

4 years 6 months ago

yeah but they didnt have buck as manager, dont under estimate his capabilities

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah but the Mariners had the time had King Felix and CC. The Orioles don’t have anyone in their rotation who even remotely comes close to their quality. I know some of them are still young, but on paper we know the M’s 2010 pre-season rotation is better than the 2011 Orioles pre-season. But let’s see what happens. Crazy things happen all the time.

basemonkey
4 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t make this comparison. Two reasons:

• As much as the Orioles have improved on paper, they haven’t added any top tier guys who commanded the highest contracts or prospects like the Ms did that offseason. All of their contracts have been for short-term low risk deals with some upside. There is no “Chone Figgins” or “Cliff Lee” types here. There’s not one multiyear deal. Every single one is the “bargain” level of contract you’re more likely to find made by the Twins or someone.

• As much as I like the Os’ moves, no one will project them to be a WS contender like they did for the Ms that season. All of the Os additions have been to support the development of their young hitters and pitchers that they’ve gone all-in on for the last several years. The success of this offseason won’t be measured in a playoff appearance, but rather, by the improvement their young core makes (e.g. Markakis, Jones, Wieters, Matusz, Arrieta, Tillman, Britton, Bergie, etc..).

Six_Eight
4 years 6 months ago

Hey Luke, the long term contract is in the mail, set out on the porch and wait for it.

4 years 6 months ago

This orioles team has got to be the biggest high risk / high reward team ever assembled. They are either going to be remarkably better than last year or just an absolute DISASTER! The problem is, even if they are remarkably better this year, there’s is no way this is the future of Orioles baseball. This is the band-aid approach to building a contending team.

Bombastic_Dave
4 years 6 months ago

Reminds me of the Tigers of a couple years ago. Makes me glad I’m a Jays fan.

4 years 6 months ago

how is it a band aid approach when you can always trade vlad/lee to contending teams?

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

I totally disagree! Lee and Vlad could easily have 2-3 highly productive seasons left and Hardy and Reynolds are both young. Never mind the impact of bolstering the young pitchers confidence which will help them down the road as well! Its one thing to throw out bigmoney multiyear albatross contracts at aging players but the o’s didnt do any of this! would you be happy if they sat on their hands like the royals and pirates and accept mediocrity? Their is no downside in the future with any of the moves the O’s made this offseason! Only ones complaining are probably Rays and Jays fans who are scared of being passed as both their teams are far worse off than last year(Jays losing Marcum, Downs, and Wells-Rays losing Soriano,Crawford, Pena, Balfour, and Wheeler)

mstrchef13
4 years 6 months ago

How is this a band-aid approach? Reynolds is 27, Hardy is 28. Lee is 35 but could easily have 3-4 good years as an AL 1B left. Guerrero could still have four years left, but could still be cooked. Either way, he isn’t viewed as a band aid. The rotation is young, talented, and developing experience. If Duke is healthy, then they have two potential stud starters waiting their turn in AAA. If he isn’t, then Tillman was brilliant at times last year while Britton is considered a top 10-20 MLB prospect.

There are no band aids with this approach. This was major surgery.

4 years 6 months ago

I say congrats to the orioles. Not that they will necessarily win a lot this year, but from I can tel lthey have probably sparked their fans interests for the first time in years. I will be rooting for the orioles in the AL EAST this year, only because i like to pull for underdogs!

coolstorybro222
4 years 6 months ago

meh. they could probably trade off most of the players and start the cycle again

start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Well I have to wonder if that’s part of the plan. Assuming the Orioles are out of the running by the all star break which considering how stacked the Red Sox and yanks are as well as the tenacity of the Rays, the Orioles will most likely be, I gotta believe that both Lee and Guerrero would be attractive trade targets.