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August 12, 2011

Esposito visits Camden Yards; Arrieta has successful surgery

Jason Esposito, the Vanderbilt third baseman who the Orioles drafted in the second round, was at Camden Yards today to take his physical.

The Orioles remain in negotiations with the player, but passing a physical is a prerequisite before finalizing a deal. The Orioles will have until midnight Monday to sign all their 2011 draft picks.

Director of Amateur Scouting Joe Jordan’s primary focus before Monday’s deadline is agreeing to terms with first-round pick Dylan Bundy, Esposito and six-round pick Nick Delmonico. Jordan has expressed some frustration with his inability to reach an agreement with Esposito.

In other news, starting pitcher Jake Arrieta had successful elbow surgery. Dr. Lewis Yocum removed the bone spur from his right elbow. The club announced that Arrieta should be full go by spring training.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 7:40 PM | | Comments (8)


you gotta wonder about some of these there any easier path to the majors than playing for the Orioles?
If the kid gets it right, he could be up here in 2+ years

well, 2 nights in a row, and 3 out of the last 5 the Os march out a starting pitcher who puts them in yet another losing situation. Simon has hit the wall, probably in his last start. But you gotta give him credit, for soldiering on amidst the shelling. Bowed but not broken!

Forget 100 losses. Might as well shoot for 110. Really cap off the 4 year plan with a heck of a season. At least with 110 losses,the next guy will get himself a 2 or 3 year honeymoon. Almost like it's some sort of crazy succession plan.

While most of the rest of the league marches forward, the Orioles continue to run backwards almost as fast as they can. Andy, you're facing the wrong way! Turn around, they're not running at you, they're running away from you.

Not for nothing, but Brad Penney is a really bad major league pitcher. It is a shame that the Os cannot put together a lineup that takes this guy out to the woodshed and give him a beating as has the rest of the league. Figuratively speaking of course.

are you turning into wayne?? haha but yea it is frustrating.......

Hey Jeff

I know Esposito taking a physical is a formality, but it has to be somewhat encouraging,

What are his options if he doesn't sign? I'm assumng he will have to sit out until next summer and re-enter the draft

Jeff Z's reply: I suspect that he'd go back to Vanderbilt for his senior year. .






Lost series to the White Sox

Lost series to the Royals

Lost series to the Nats

Lost series to the Pirates



HOPEFULLY this is a sign of a deal with esposito now if we can get BUNDY and DELMONICO done we might have had a decent draft.. WITHOUT THEM we fall further behind the AL EAST.

It's time to buy some pitching. Forget the home grown only theory. We've had some good young arms but there is nothing like proven winners.

Jack, we are past that. We tried to "buy pitching...and hitting" for that matter. The problem is. Self-absorbed, arrogant, overpaid MLB players won't come to the Orioles. See homegrown Mark Teixeira.
They want to win...first. So the Orioles have to prove that they can win, via the draft or smarter trading. The only problem with that is, by the time we get to that point....who needs them? I wouldn't want an over-the-hill Mark Teixeira or a used up Kevin Youkilis...Heck NO. We need a better front office making better decisions. What also needs to be said is that Buck is clearly looking at the talent in the farm system. He is bringing guys up that we thought we'd never see. By doing this, he can get a feel for how bad the farm system is and how we need to proceed in the future; be it, continue draft, going after FA's or a mix. But Eyre is coming up now. Whoever thought about him? I do like this plan -- but it is enormously painful to go through. I do think we will eventually get there. Who would ever think our entire pitching staff would collapse? No one could ever foresee that, cuz it just doesn't happen. I really believe we should've gotten rid of Guthrie if we could've. I cannot stand him. He is COMPLETE garbage and spends WAY too much time twittering online. We HAVE to get Bundy in the mix and prey he doesn't blow up too.

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