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October 14, 2010

Get Fox, and Wolf goes free

Righty reliever Ross Wolf, a former Orioles farmhand who was dealt to the Oakland A’s in June for infielder Jake Fox, has elected to become a free agent instead of accepting an outright assignment to Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate.

So, at least for now, the Orioles’ sly decision to choose Fox over Wolf paid off.

A’s outfielder Jeremy Hermida also refused Oakland’s outright, so he’s a free agent, too. Hermida, who once was one of the most touted prospects in baseball, also has an Orioles' connection. He grew up in Marietta, Georgia and is one of Nick Markakis’ best friends.

No idea if the Orioles would be interested in either player. Way too early for that, but manager Buck Showalter has said he would like to see the Orioles bolster their options at Triple-A with more big-league-ready fill-ins.

Wolf, who turns 28 on Monday, had a 4.26 ERA and no decisions in 11 relief appearances for the A’s. He had a 1.88 ERA in 25 games for Norfolk before the trade.

Hermida, 26, is a .259 career hitter in parts of six big-league seasons. The left-handed hitter was selected by the Florida Marlins with the 11th overall pick in 2002. His best year was 2007 when he had 18 homers and hit .296 at age 23 for Florida.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:40 PM | | Comments (11)


Hermida sounds like a Reimold, but maybe a bit more respected in the draft. I think we're fine in the outfield, even if we Jones was part of a trade package. And keep Izturis. He's good in the field and he'll be cheap.

(Tillman and Britton at Norfolk)

Berken, Hernandez, some lefty
Uehara, Gonzalez, Johnson, Simon


Looks like Wolf may be headed for extinction and Fox is left guarding the least until the chickens come home to roost.

nicely done

Invite them both to Sarasota this spring and let's have a look-see at both of them. it doesn't cost much and Buck believes in competition. I do remember when Hermida was very highly touted and with Wolf being a situational lefty, He could conceivably be in the mix assuming that we don't keep Hendrickson. The more the merrier.

If the Os can get Hermida at AAA, they need to do it.

He would be a strong option down there. We forget that Hermida was a peer of Markakis in terms of prospect classes. During that time he was seen as a slightly better hitting OF than Markakis, who was supposed to have more AVG and power. Niether of that turned out to be the case, but we must remember names like Ortiz, Peña, Hamilton, Bautista, etc etc..Teams at the bottom of the rankings must take advantage of making low risk/reward pickups. Late-bloomers who flourish elsewhere do happen.

Hermida still could be great,,,at 26, its worth a shot


How many outfielders do we need?
Right now we have
Pie, Jones and Markais as starters.

Jake Fox can play outfield, whether we want him to, depends on how much Kool Aid has been guzzled.

Coery Patterson if we want him back.
And don't forget about our minor league system.
Henson in AA.. I like him! Good Athlete
And Xavier Avery, who I also like.

What we really need is a 2nd baseman to back-up and maybe take the place of Brian Roberts someday.

Andy Mac in my opinion has no idea as to what he is doing with roster management. None.

Also, Dan if I came off a bit strong about the Kool Aid comment yesterday, I am sorry.

I think most of my comments were valid and well meaning though.

I am sick and tired of middle of the road free agents and it is my opinion I would offer Cliff Lee whatever amount the Orioles think it would take to sign him.
Let Him Tell Us No! That's how I feel.

I mean look how attendance shot up in Arlington with Cliff Lee.

He would pay for himself as long as he stayed healthy, beleive me!

There's an interesting piece at Baseball Prospectus today which looks at the Buck Showalter turnaround. The author suggests the Orioles should consider trading Guthrie and Scott, and signing (assuming they're available) Overbay and Hardy. A different take...

Dan not trying to be sarcastice but who really gives a crap about jake fox or wolf.. I know it's slow right now reporting on the orioles but please give me a break.Maybe you should take a short vacation until the coaching staff announcements come out.

where are the updates on the arizona league. you guys are struggling to find pertinent info to write about ie fox. keep us current on our young players

I'm with you Squirrel. Offer the most money and make Lee tell us no. They should have done the same with Tex. Yes he wanted to be a Skankee all along and just used us to drive up the price; but this offering a "competitive" contract stuff is BS. Even if the years and dollars were equal, why would anybody sign with a decade long bottom dweller over a perenial contender? If the O's would just go out and have a Yankees' style spending spree this offseason the improved team performance would more than pay for the huge team salary increase. OPACY would be packed every night, apparel revenue would skyrocket, MASN revenue, on and on.

The major problem with that outlook is that if the O's pulled a Javier Lopez or Carl Pavano Yankees acquisition, they would never recover, and the fans would echo the "O's are cheap" sentiments for another decade.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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