In case you missed it, Guthrie is still an Oriole (and L.J. Hoes note)
On Sunday, July 24, my colleague Jeff Zrebiec based his game story around the fact that it could have been Jeremy Guthrie’s last start at Camden Yards as an Oriole.
On Friday, I based my game story from Yankee Stadium on what might have been Guthrie’s last start in his Orioles career.
Well, looks like we are going to have to get a new angle. At least until the end of September.
Guthrie wasn’t dealt at Sunday’s nonwaiver trade deadline. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he had inquiries but teams weren’t willing to give back the quality pitching that the Orioles desired.
“I had no shortage of interest. One of the elements for us to consider moving a talent like Jeremy was we would have to feel like we were getting some pitching back. And that’s a tall order for clubs. They are reluctant to part with it,” MacPhail said. “We probably could have gotten reasonable talent back, but not as much back in the pitching category that we needed to have to satisfy us.”
Because he is a competent big league starter, Guthrie is unlikely to pass through trade waivers, so the club won’t be dealing him in August. That means he almost certainly will finish this season as an Oriole.
That’s not a surprise to Guthrie.
“There’s no relief. It never crossed my mind,” Guthrie said Sunday. “I feel like I have a relatively decent understanding of how the game works, and I felt for months now that it wasn’t something I should concern myself with and it wasn’t going to be something that was likely to happen.”
It’s possible, of course, that Guthrie trade talks resume this winter. That’s when teams, typically, pay the most for starting pitching, since they are formulating their rotations for the next year (as opposed to July, when contenders are looking to fill short-term holes).
Guthrie is arbitration-eligible at the end of this season and is a free agent after 2012. So there was no rush to make a move. But if the Orioles don’t think they can compete next season and don’t think they can re-sign Guthrie the following winter, then they may be more motivated to move him.
Until then, Guthrie is an Oriole. And he is pitching Wednesday against Kansas City, which most definitely will be his last start in Missouri this year.
One other Orioles note: Double-A Bowie’s L.J. Hoes was named Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday. Hoes hit .462 (12-26) for the week with one double, four home runs and seven RBIs while also scoring seven runs. In 61 games with Double-A Bowie this season, Hoes is batting .318 (71-223) with 11 doubles, four home runs, 35 RBIs, 29 runs and 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts.