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November 18, 2011

Orioles agree to terms, pending physical, with infielder Antonelli

The Orioles have agreed to terms with infielder Matt Antonelli, a former first-round pick of the San Diego Padres' who played with Syracuse, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, in 2011.

Antonelli, 26, can play second base and third base and will join the 40-man roster if he passes his physical. He’ll likely compete for a big league job this spring.

The 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Wake Forest, Antonelli has played just 21 games as a big leaguer, hitting .193 in 57 at-bats for the Padres in 2008.

The right-handed batter hit .297 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 300 at-bats with Syracuse last season. Antonelli is a product of Peabody, Mass., where Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette first became familiar with him.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:52 PM | | Comments (22)


Dan i guess this is as good as it gets.Doesn't this even get old for you.This is the orioles solution to solving ther utility infield position. You know they don't even try and fool the fans anymore by giving them hope. They tell you upfront that this is about as good as it's going to get this year. It get's more pathetic every year.


Totallly understand your thoughts Bob. But this is solid flyer for depth. If this is your headline guy, then, yes, majorly disappointing. But the Orioles have not done a good job with getting solid players for depth in the past. Maybe they find a usable part here.

Solid players don't hit .193 Same pathetic priorities. Bench for depth??? Give me a break. How about a veteran starting pitcher without a losing record? Third baseman? First baseman? Second baseman? Hitters who don't strike out 200 times a year and are bunglers in the field (Reynolds)

Looks like Norfolk will make a run at the coveted .450 winning percentage.

"If this is your headline guy, then, yes, majorly disappointing."

Well, Duquette already made it clear they won't go after a # 1 starter like Wilson, and they sure as heck won't offer Marlins type money for Puljos or Fielder so.....what a joke!

Doesn't sound too exciting. We have several in Norfolk of the same type.

On the 40 man roster? Man this team is gone. Duquette must have met him in a bar. The Nats must have been really high on him.


It's apparent that if you can't field like Ozzie Smith, Showalter doesn't want you on his 25. I can see if you have pitching like the Rays, Phillies, Giants and Dodgers why it's important to have super glove men, but with the pitching the O's have you've got to be able to slug your way to a win, light hitting fielders won't get the job done. I'm afraid with Showalter's hard headed fielding philosophy the O's will once again be in for many more losses. It will simply be another Orioles team that can't score runs. We need pitching and bats not ballet artists.

Yes, please, we are, what, like 5 minutes into the real offseason, the GM meetings? I mean it's NOVEMBER. Not even THANKSGIVING yet. Now if we're a week from pitchers and catchers reporting and Antonelli remains our biggest signing, then yes, kvetch all you want. But, I mean, SHEEZZ, did you think Duquette would have signed Prince Fielder, CJ Wilson and the reincarnations of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the 1927 Yankees or something? Take a chill pill and RELAX, it's a LONG hot stove off season kiddies...

This guy should haven't gotten nothing more than a spring training invite with a minor league contract.

McPhail signed everything out of Chicago, now Duquette is going to sign everything out of Massachusetts?

The O's have to get good in a hurry. I don't want to hear about another three year plan.

No,Maxmorf,it's people like you who never get it,and think every new yes man,and every mediocre signing is going to somehow make the difference.It's not the fact that we're not even into Thanksgiving yet,it's the fact that barring a series of miracles or catastrophic events decimating the other 4 teams in the A.L.East,we will finish considerably under .500 and last in the division,and maybe flirt with the worst record in baseball once again.Yet you tell us to relax ?What a joke,I can hear you in 8 years after Duquette has been fired,and yes man number 8 has been announced,"Give him some time,we've only been under .500 for 20 years,we're not going to turn this thng around overnight.Newsflash Max,we will never turn this thing around as long as Peter Angelos has anything to do with any part of this team.EVER.The only way Prince Fielder will play here is with another team perhaps in interleague play,and nobody of major value will be signed in this off season,perhaps never.There is no light at the end of the tunnel.There is a reason why all three of the top choices,after meeting with Peter the Great,decided the grass was greener everywhere else.So the only guy we could find who would accept Peter and Buck's condition's is a guy who has been out of baseball for ten years.That should tell you all you need to know.

Remember MacPhail signing all those Chicago Cub connections?

Now we have ex-Boston GM Duquette doing the same thing with a Massachusetts prospect.

Sorry, I forgot for a moment that a Merry Go-Round has to go in circles.

"The 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Wake Forest, Antonelli has played just 21 games as a big leaguer, hitting .193 in 57 at-bats for the Padres in 2008."

Best wishes, Matt, Norfolk has a nice little stadium right on the water. Decent food nearby. Enjoy.

Take a chill pill and relax is what the team has done for over a decade. Their offense is mediocre and swings at too many bad pitches thus distaining walks. Being offensively challenged he needs to concentrate on pitching help. Everyone was down on Vlad. myguess is his replacement wont be all that productive either.. The O's plan is to save money not win games.

Thank you, maxmorf!

Hey, maxmorf: do you really expect a different off-season than usual? Again, no free agent in their right mind would want to be a part of this mess, unless Angelose's offer is much higher than a real team's. Clearly, that's not going to happen. And you thought Filene's Basement has closed for good.

who cares? he won't make the team anyway. he will be sent down to norfolk and play there the whole season unless someone gets hurt. then MAYBE he gets called up. it's not depth on the ML roster but minor league depth. everyone complains how there is no one in the minors and all the young guys get brought up too soon. no one is saying this guy will be a star but if he can play at norfolk to keep PROSPECTS at the level they should be playing at then good.

Pitching dang it ..... its been the pits for 10 yrs

Burt from Essex: Then why are you a fan? It's obviously causing you WAY too much pain and anger. Time to take up golf or something. But please...enough of the "Orioles stink, it's all Peter Angelos's fault, things will never change, how dare ytou have hope" litany,it does no good, it just gives you heartburn. Sorry for trying to keep it positive, but we don't need any more cynicism, we're all full up here. GO O'S!!!

LittleMugsy06: As I told Burt, if you're going to be nothing but defeatist and cynical, then why bothering being a fan? It's about staying hopeful no matter what. Does that mean I expect us to make a mess of top tier signings and go to the World Series next year? Heck no. I know the O's will probably finish last next year, but that's not the point. The point is to watch them play..they do some things very well. Wieters, Hardy, Jones, are among the best in the game. Doesn't anyone care about watching the GAME anymore, does it always just have to be about "did they make the playoffs"? I care about the play of a single game itself more than any of that. When they make the playoffs or Series, heck, that's just gravy. Remember kids, this is just a game. Enjoy it for that and let the rest GO...Go O's!

I've been a fan for 42 yrs. Im sick of ownership that dont wont to compete , but want people to come to the park and spend there hard earned money. Let's all wise up and stay away from the yard.

I read Orioles news like I read the Brewster Rocket comic strip. I don't take it seriously -- and two or three times each month it's somewhat bizarre amusement.

If this signing were not the lead O's story on the 'net for a given day no one would be complaining. I swear, if the O's signed Pujols we'd have the same codgers complaining they got him after a year 'riddled with injuries.' Fans of this town are the absolute worst.

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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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