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October 20, 2008

Wieters, Matusz get "Rising Stars" invite

Matt Wieters and Brian Matusz have been invited to play in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game this coming Friday. The teams are selected by a vote of major league farm and scouting directors.

Wieters has ranked among the AFL batting leaders during the first two weeks of play and Matusz, this year's top Orioles draft choice, has pitched impressively in his first two appearances.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:13 PM | | Comments (12)
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Hey Peter, I'm wondering what's going on with the player to be named in the Chad Bradford trade. Now that the Rays are in the World Series, are we looking at a considerably more valuable player coming from one of the most talented young organizations in baseball?

Is it lost on anyone that another hero for the Rays was David Price, '07s #1 draft pick, in his first year of pro ball? Can Matusz be far behind?

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Pete's reply: I think Matusz is projected for 2010, which isn't far behind at all.

Pete -- I second DCU's question. I still wonder why the Orioles traded him to a team in the division, as there were other teams that also could have used him. Whatever the case, Chad delivered the goods for the Rays out of the bullpen. Assuming the Rays want to keep a good relation with the O's for future deals, I think they'd give an at least decent prospect in return.


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Pete's reply: Nobody gives up a decent prospect unless they have to, and I know they didn't have to at the time. I'm pretty sure the player they get will not be anyone you can get excited about.

O's traded Bradford to get rid of next year's salary. And in a Schmuck/Roch relationship who's the woman? And is that a case of opposites attract?

Pete, I think the Rays success, in a round about way, may be to the O's benefit in trying to sign free agents (although more next year then this). Conventional wisdom is that no Free Agent worth anything will come to the O's because they are losers. The Rays though went from losers one year to winners the next so maybe if we can show them we have a nucleus of talent they can be sold that they can be the difference. At least thinking that can give us a "Ray" of hope.


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Pete's reply: There's probably something to that, but I still think it almost always comes down to the money.

Pete -- You're right, of course, about no guarantees with a PTBNL, however, the Orioles more or less gave away Bradford. Sure, it was a salary dump, but he's still a quality reliever and bolstered the Ray's 'pen, which was their only real weakness as a team. He helped win the pennant.

So Tampa Bay can take the high road and give in return someone who at least has a chance, however distant, of making it to the majors, or go the low road and send back a bum. If they go the latter route, then the O's shouldn't forget that when it comes to future considerations. (In my view, this is Andy MacPhail's worst move since coming over to the O's, unless he has an understanding with the Rays that he hasn't made public.)


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Pete's reply: I'm pretty sure the list of possibilities was set when the deal was made. Don't know who gets to choose.

The key thing with Bradford was getting his nearly 3 million off of the payroll combind with the nearly 7 million the Orioles will save by not signing Cabrera that could be a decent #2 pitcher which would be better than any PTBNL that the Rays would give.

I was also wondering why we traded our few dependable arms for the player to be named later, which is usually nothing special.
Were the O's so desperate to shed the 3-4 million in Bradford's salary that they couldn't have at least got someone decent?
Once you pull the trigger on a deal like that, you aren't likely to get much later so let's hope the Rays are fair. After all, Bradford has been used quite a bit and for the most part has been effective. That said, I agree that we aren't looking at any prospect with an upside. Maybe we can talk them into giving up Jonny Gomes, who I don't even think is on their post-season roster(although I saw him celebrating on TV).
He'd be worth a shot-he's got some power and I remember him hitting 20 Hrs awhile back.


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Pete's reply: Again, I'm pretty sure the parameters for that player are already set, and I'm fairly sure it will be a mid-level prospect.

No one understands salary dump? Also TB was one of the last teams able to make a claim on Bradford. So it looks like only they were interested in him.

Just be glad for Bradford and be happy the O's have extra money to throw at free agents or whatever and not spending it on a RP.

Ken Francis. Good post! I agree that MacPhail got taken on this deal. Bradford has the type of delivery that suggests he can pitch for another 5 years so giving him away made no sense. I'll bet Tampa is laughing now and as far as being fair, don't count on it! That team made more than it's share of blunders/bad signings etc so they probably see this as some sort of payback.
Anyway, time to move on and I see the O's have already shed some of the '08 non-performers(I'm being polite here!) by optioning the likes of Fahey, Forientino, Bierd and Cherry to Norfolk. I think it's a good start in retooling for '09 as none of these guys have much of an upside. Bierd looked decent for awhile, with some good movement but his command really went south when he returned after an injury.

Hi,

Andy MacPhail seemed to explain this the other day on a phone call to a certain radio/tv show the other day. The thing was that at the time the front office knew that next year we would have a glut of middle/short relief players back from surgeries and so on. They were able to at least get something this way for Bradford and save the cash as well to be allocated to other pressing needs. It was not an easy thing to do and was made with the knowledge that we (The Team And Fans) were going to take some lumps down the stretch.

Now only if they could have gotten rid of Walker as well. I doubt anyone would have complained here about that.

With all the problems on this team, we got a few folks hung up on unloading an aging middle reliever? We are talking about Chad Bradford here folks, not Jeremy Guthrie! And OK, let's say we do get a middle level prospect who hasn't done much for the Rays, anyone ever heard of the old change of scenerary scenario? Or the late blooming prospect?

Let's keep things in perspective here, we shed some salary on an aging middle reliever that we can turn around and use on starting pitching. If Albers and Baez return healthy, then we have additional arms in the bullpen. We signed Bradford as a FA a couple of years ago, so it's not like he was in high demand at the time.

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