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July 19, 2011

Orioles acquire Phillips from Rangers; designate Spoone for assignment

The Orioles have traded veteran Triple-A infielder Nick Green and cash to the Texas Rangers for Triple-A left-handed reliever Zach Phillips.

Phillips, who is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 33 games for Triple-A Round Rock, will be added to the 40-man roster and report to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room on the 40-man roster for him, the Orioles have designated right-handed pitcher Chorye Spoone (Northeast, CCBC-Catonsville).

Spoone, 25, has a 4.73 ERA in 19 starts combined between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.

In 213 games over seven career minor league seasons, Phillips is 31-39 with a 4.10 ERA. This season, the lefty has allowed 50 hits and 21 walks while striking out 38 in 44 2/3 innings.

Phillips went 3-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 45 appearances last season, and 2-3 with a 1.39 ERA in 36 appearances in 2009.

Green, the 32-year-old utility infielder who signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent before the season, batted .208 with 16 doubles 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 87 games for Norfolk.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 3:11 PM | | Comments (23)
Categories: Minors


Jeff. I am left handed. I have not pitched since high school, 35 years ago. But do you think the Orioles might be interested?

I would need decent $ to quit my day job.


Why is Brian Roberts being moved to the 60 day DL--effictively ending his season, not being reported on?

Jeff Z's reply: Because it's a formality and it doesn't end his season. His DL stint is still backdated to May 16, so this move doesn't change when he can return at all. IWhen he's ready, he'll be back.

Phillips's numbers have decreased over multiple years, so he seems perfect for the O's. We can fix him! Just like Garrett Atkins, Vlad, Sosa, Derrek Lee, etc. etc.

Not that the continuing failures by MGMT or managing has alot to do with the sad state of affairs of the 2011 O's. I was thinking one year in not too distant future maybe, just maybe the homies would be able to see the tunnel where the light was suposed to be coming from and hopefully at least a .500 season would happen. It will never happen as long as this present owner rules the O's roost!

Canice -

Because the move is retroactive to when he last played. It's not 60 days from now, but 60 days from mid-May. If his season is over it's not because of this move.

Note to Pablo, you may be as good as most other O's options right now but the salaries in the minors are likely not as good as your current job. Players don't get the money until/unless they get to the majors. Sorry. Now, if you like the idea of having a job where you travel around half the summer sleeping in bed bug infested motels and have very little time to yourself go for it. At least you get to play a game but if you struggle you are on the unemployment line PDQ.


Negative nancies on here. This is a good little trade for the O's. Green has been trash this year! At least they got a AAA lefty pitcher who has put up decent numbers and is young.

Going to the game tonight, can't wait for a glorious O's victory!

giivn up on spoone puzzles me? he's 25 but is he done?

If the O's were around .500 and further along in the PLAN, I'd commend this move. Any time you can get a AAA LH reliever who's 24 for a AAA 32-yr .200 UT infielder, it's a good move. But again, it's like Dan asking us to debate trading Koji. These minor moves do nothing to change the course of the organization.

Keep waiting and hoping for one of the following headlines:
"Angelos to sell club"
"MacPhail released of duties"
"Hahn (or any other GM prospect) named new GM"

Or even a 5-part analytical series entitled "The Orioles: A top-to-bottom look at the club that's failed you for 13 years straight"

Something other than the minor moves that only serve to remind us of how far dwon we really are.

Hi Jeff,

This is a warm body because the games have to be played and somebody has to pitch the innings, both up here and down there.

The Orioles are dead last in MLB with a 4.88 era. AAA Norfolk has a team ERA of 4.30 and the staff has given up 885 hits in 854 innings. Norfolk's record of 36 and 60 is similar to that of the major league club. No wonder players that we call up seem to play like those on the big club. They just aren't good enough.

The Orioles have not grown the arms in four years of "The Plan" and that is somewhat astonishing considering where we draft and the prospects Andy has acquired. It can't be all just bad luck.

Jeff, I think "The Turk's" first visit is going to be to the scouting departments, which have to bear a lot of the blame for this mess.

Do you think there is a shakeup in the works, with some new faces just around the corner?

Jeff Z's reply: Sure, a lot of execs are in the final year of their contracts so that usually means some changes.

I'm ordering my World Series tickets as we speak! The Orioles have not only become a laughing stock but are becoming completely irrelevant. It's truly a sad thing for a life long O's fan like me to see.

Oh, Zack Phillips. That should do it.

Let me just revisit the recent kerfuffle one more time in light of this acquisition

One guy throws at another guy, and then the guy thrown at swings at 3-0 in a game that is out of hand. And then the guy who threw the pitch yells at the guy who swung 3-0 to run it out, and then the guy running and the guy throwing start shadow boxing. And then the next day the guy who swung apologizes and the guy who threw whines and continues to complain, just like the little runt of a manager, who bitches about salaries.

OK so the moron moral here that the Os don't need Kevin Gregg - if he is so great what is he even doing pitching in a blowout - and ZACH PHILLIPS will take Kevin Gregg's place as a useless piece of junk in the worst bullpen money can buy.

OK, I think I got this now.

This would be funny if the O's pitching was not going down hill so fast. This is a redo of so many other MacPhail attempts to give a reliever
with very modest credentials an opprtunity. Why bother.

A major-league ball club has to put 150 players into uniforms every day. Very few of the day-to-day transactions are really exciting to those of us who follow only the top team.

Good evening,

Any truth to the report on ESPN (internet) that the Tigers are interested in both D.Lee and J.Guthrie? I'd offer Matusz. or Arrietta for 1b Paul Goldschmidt-Arizona. Dude has 25 jacks.


Can't see Tigers having a spot for Derrek Lee. Several teams have interest in Guthrie. It all depends on what they would give up. But that one has merit. Not sure Arizona can affod to give up young power at this point.

This is a BFD trade. Nick Green ain't becoming an all star.


Two questions:

Do you think the O's will extend Adam after the year and do you think the deal will be the same one as Nick signed?

Do you think it's time the O's look for a legitimate player for LF? Nick is a fixture in RF and Adam in CF, but LF has been a revolving door that needs to be filled. I look at a guy like Willingham and can't help but think he would put up monster #s at OPACY. The O's need offense and they aren't getting it in LF.

Let's see how long it takes for Nick Green to become a star in Texas since he couldn't be one here.

To the eejits posting on here about Phillips "decreased" numbers; uh, hello? what exactly did the O's give up for him in return? Some people just like to whine about everything or else they are just plain stupid morons.

Arozona's not giving up Goldschmidt, certainly not for any of our pitchers...

Nick Green is garbage. Zach Phillips is garbage. The talent the O's possess, at the minor league levels, is garbage. Do you notice a theme here?

If I am Andy MacFail, I trade anything of value that isn't locked up long-term.

Guthrie is where I would start. If the Detroit Tigers are really interested in him, attempt to pilfer a Nick Castellanos or Francisco Martinez from them. Strieby is a decent Triple-A player. But, he's 26 and we have enough of those types toiling in the system.

Arizona is the one organization that can give up young power. They have Goldschmidt, Borchering, and Davidson. All three of those players are legitimate.

JEFF I think this is a good move 24 for 32. GREEN was dead wood for us even at AAA. WITH MICLAT finding his stroke and 30 of 30 in sb at bowie do you think any chance we see him later this year.. I think you never have too many lefties.. Would you forsee any possibilities of the O's getting GOLDSCHMIDT az. or DAVIS tx. ANY more hints they might put JOHNSON in rotation soon??

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