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November 4, 2010

Mata outrighted to Triple-A

Orioles reliever Frank Mata was removed from the 40-man roster, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, the team announced.

Mata, 26, made his major league debut on May 26 and pitched to a 7.79 ERA (17.1IP, 15ER) in 15 games with the Orioles.

The move allows the Orioles to reinstate pitcher Jason Berken from the 60-day disabled list to the 40-man roster.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 2:15 PM | | Comments (4)


When do the seven free agents come off the 40-man roster?

They are off. They are already free agents

I keep thinking that Lou Montanez will wind up in Boston patrolling LF for them and hitting 30 plus HRs for the next 5 or 6 years.

Adam Jones For Greinke?

Followed by:
SP-Garland 2yr/12M
RP-Bedard 1yr/2M+incentives
3B-Beltre 4yr/57M
SS-Peralta 2yr/15M
1B-Berkman 1yr/6M+
OF-Hermida 2yr/3M+



There are other slots to be filled...and surprises could emerge, but this would be an efficient use of payroll and adding viable components to the club now and onward...



I don't anticipate Jones for Greinke for several reasons. But who knows? Until I am told otherwise, however, I don't see Adrian Beltre as an Oriole. He didn't want to come here last year, no matter the offer, and he has more options this offseason. The rest seem at least plausible. Although I am not sure the Orioles view Peralta as an everyday shortstop.

So how did Mata ever pass through waivers, comsidering those sparkling stats?

I just hope they don't get cocky and try to get Julio Lugo through.

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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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