Orioles Notes: Simon, Jakubauskas, Houser

Let's take a look at some Orioles news..

  • The O's are unlikely to make a move with Alfredo Simon until February 26th, the mandatory date for all players to report to Spring Training, writes Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.  After being named as the primary suspect in a murder and denied bail in the Dominican Republic, Simon probably won't be able to join the club by that date.  Once that date passes, Baltimore can move the reliever to the restricted list, freeing up a spot on the 40-man roster.
  • Baltimore has signed a trio of free agent pitchers to minor league deals according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  The club reached deals with right-handers Chris Jakubauskas and Mark Worrell as well as lefty James Houser.  Houser, who was tabbed by the Rays in the second-round of the 2003 draft, turned in a 3.67 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 for the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate in 2010.  The Orioles now have a handful of interesting pitchers in their farm system after signing Clay Rapada and Nick Bierbrodt last week.

26 Responses to Orioles Notes: Simon, Jakubauskas, Houser Leave a Reply

  1. not_brooks 4 years ago

    I was really excited about this, but then I realized that it’s Clay Zavada who has the gnarly Rollie Fingers mustache.

  2. mozelpuffski 4 years ago

    if o’s continue the way the started under showalter they have potential 80-85 win season. somehow i think they will surprise some. still though i feel it will be a struggle not to finish last in the division for them; albeit jays could tank but i dont see that happening, maybe yanks though? ahhh that would be great…

  3. vtadave 4 years ago

    That Alfredo Simon story doesn’t sound good. At least it’s not Ugueth Urbina going at some farm workers with a machete and gasoline, but still…

  4. BG921 4 years ago

    What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  5. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Wow, you created an account just for that brilliant post! Keep up the good insight there chief.

  6. Steven St Croix 4 years ago

    I know he strikesout alot but Mark Reynolds is not just a marginal player. He is going to hit 40 bombs this year.

  7. Matt Bennett 4 years ago

    So Lee, Gregg, Hardy, Reynolds, Duchschser are scraps? Yah right.

  8. not_brooks 4 years ago

    Unless you’re talking to the biggest homers out there, no Oriole fan is going to say that the O’s have a shot at the playoffs. But considering the maturation of guys like Matusz, Arrieta and Bergesen and the massive upgrades that Reynolds, Lee and Hardy will be over Atkins, Tejada and Izturis, it’s not out of the question to predict 80 wins.

    In short, there’s a big difference between thinking the team has a legit shot and thinking that the team won’t be a complete embarrassment.

  9. balcoballer 4 years ago

    This jack-ass starts running his mouth and acts like Vlad G? You are a complete jack-ass. Who is your favorite team?

  10. vtadave 4 years ago

    And basically 100% of the posters here not named “RolistonJr” are calling it as it is as well – you’re an ass-hat.

    The Orioles are building the right way, but what should they have done at 1B, 3B, SS, and SP this year? Traded for Pujols, signed Beltre, checked in on Tulo before he got that extension, and then signed Cliff Lee?

  11. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Brandon’s comment has 11 likes right now. Yours has 0. Maybe your statement’s not as truthful as you think.

  12. not_brooks 4 years ago

    Reynolds is easily the worst third baseman in the AL East? OK, I’ll give you that. But how meaningful is it when you’re comparing him to one of the greatest players in history (A-Rod), two 20-something studs (Youk and Longoria) and a guy who’s coming off a 50-homer season (Bautista)?

    Brandon Inge is easily the best third baseman in the AL Central, but that just shows that the guys who man the hot corner for the Twins, Indians, Royals and White Sox are all terrible.

    You can twist anything however you want to by limiting the sample size like that. Joe Blanton is easily the worst starting pitcher in the Phillies rotation, but what does that mean when you’re comparing him to Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels?

    Moving on… Tell me what “star talent” the O’s should have acquired. Was Cliff Lee going to take big bucks in Baltimore after turning down big bucks in New York? Should the O’s have shelled out $200MM for Jayson Werth? $250MM for Carl Crawford?

    This is a bad team doing what it can with a shallow market. And I don’t think you realize how awful the Orioles were last year. Sure, the guys they’ve acquired aren’t stars by any means, but they look like Hall of Famers compared to what the O’s had last year:

    First Base: .625 OPS
    Shortstop: .549 OPS
    Third Base: .668 OPS

    Unless they get hurt, there’s absolutely no way that Lee, Hardy and Reynolds won’t easily surpass the production the O’s got out of those three positions last year.

    I could post a lot more, but there’s no point. If you can’t see that the Orioles are one of the most improved teams this winter, you need to get yourself some glasses.

  13. Matt Bennett 4 years ago

    Duchscherser is an ace when healthy. More teams wanted him. He just narrowed his choices down do the Mariners, Orioles and Nationals. Six teams had Gregg at the same time. Other teams showed interest but Gregg chose the Orioles over others. Plus he has 121 saves over the last 4 seasons. Thats pretty good. Reynolds ’09 season is better than what A-Rod will ever had again in his career. According to MLB NETWORK he is the 7th best 3rd basemen in BASEBALL. Yah he is definitely a scrap. When Hardy is healthy he is one of the best shortstops in the game. He had nagging injuries last year that held him back form his top game. Lee is a proven veteran who hasn’t lost his game yet. He is just a year away from .306 with 35 homers. He is no Adrian Gonzalez anymore but he isn’t a scrap. A very solid, reliable, (probably better than sold) veteran.

  14. I’m a huge orioles fan and I know most of the other orioles fans that frequent MLBTR.

    For your information, the people that say they could be a darkhorse team are not O’s fans. You probably just see “the O’s could be good” and assume they are from Baltimore.

    People have mentioned the similarities to the Padres of last year.

    Moral of the story is shut up. You’re embarrassing yourself.

  15. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Bautista over Youk? I would probably put Youk over A-rod as well.

  16. naraiford 4 years ago

    I just don’t see how Toronto competes in that division. The Yankees and Rays took a step backward this year. Boston and Baltimore are much improved. Realistically I can see the Orioles playing well enough to capture 3rd in the A.L. East this season. Their offense is quality from top to bottom and their SP will only get better as the season goes on. The bullpen is improved and healthy and should be a strength to this team. Calling Baltimore a Sh*thole is pretty low. They have one of the nicest stadiums in the game and were once a storied franchise. Here’s to hoping they are on their way to reclaiming that.

  17. You didn’t even go into fielding lol

  18. You are literally the most ignorant human being I’ve ever “met” in my life.

    I’m surprised they were able to teach you how to use a computer. Must be nearly too much for your meager brain to comprehend.

  19. JST1331 4 years ago

    I hope the Orioles steam roll your team so we can look back at this comment and laugh at you for making a fool out of yourself.

  20. DanHaren 4 years ago

    You should shut up before you embaress yourself even more.

  21. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    My thing about the Orioles is I think their supporters have been tending to assume more things will pay off than won’t. I’m not doubting the possibility of a surprise coming out of Baltimore but I simply think there’s a lot of questions.

  22. jsimm95 4 years ago

    to bad this is a baseball conversation and 2 comment on how bad a city is has no relevance or helps ur points at all

  23. naraiford 4 years ago

    I agree. It’s easy at the beginning of each season to get excited about your team. I’m 22 and have been watching this team since I was 5. I still remember, vividly, the pain of Tony Tarasco being robbed by the Yankee kid on Jeter’s “homerun”. It was heart breaking. Now the team is finally spending money in a smart and methodical way that makes sense. The division is the toughest in the majors, bar none. That being said, I do believe that this is the most optimism O’s fans have had reason to have in the last decade. Our coach is a proven winner. The young talent has finally arrived and should be blossoming, and we have quality players across the diamond. Even if we don’t compete, we will be competitive and alter the standings in the East this year. It’s a step in the right direction for a change and I can’t wait until opening day. Go O’s!

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  25. 0vercast 4 years ago

    Well said!

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