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January 18, 2009

Newest Oriole Pie speaks

Sun baseball writer Dan Connolly conducted a phone interview with Felix Pie this afternoon. Pie is still in the Dominican Republic. It’s been a struggle recently for Pie, whose mother died last Monday.

Reaction: "I am a little sad, because that’s my first team in Chicago. It’s gone now, I am traded to the Orioles and I am happy to be with the Orioles. I think it is a good decision for my career.

On knowing Orioles President Andy’s MacPhail interest: "I know Andy MacPhail from Chicago, from a long time ago. He called me and talked to me. He said he is happy I am now an Oriole and now I am going to have more opportunities."

On his knowledge of the O’s: "Whenever you have a new team you have to do your job, (but) it is a little easier for me (because) I know those guys. I don’t know anything about the Orioles. I know Andy MacPhail, the pitching coach and the manager a little bit and that’s a little easier for me."

On his opportunity as the starting left fielder (he’s only played three big league games in left field and he doesn’t think any in the minors): "It’s great. I think I am going to be OK in left field. I get an opportunity to play now. I’ll be in spring training and I know my situation and I’ll help my team win. "It will be a little hard. When you work hard every day, I think I will get it. I (will) work every day to take ground balls and fly balls from the machine and I think I’ll get it."

On any surprise that he was traded: "I’m not a bit surprised because I know there was not opportunities to play in Chicago. The outfield is full. I knew a trade (was possible). I did not know what team. I am happy to go to the Orioles and to play every day."

What went wrong in Chicago: "I had the opportunity to play every day in the minors and everybody knew me in the minors. In the big leagues, it was a little different. It was up and down and up and down, and I didn’t get a chance to show people that I can play every day and I can be a superstar. Now, I can show everybody what they’re getting from me. (With) the opportunity to play every day maybe I show I can be a superstar."

What O’s fans will see: "My energy, a young guy that will play hard every day and help my team win. I’ll go to the field every day and focus on playing every day."

How he describes his game: "I can bunt, I can run, I can steal a base and play defense and I can hit. Late in the game you need to steal a base, I can do that. I have a lot of things I can bring to the game. Now I can play every day and make adjustments."

The transition to another team: "It’s a little tough for me but I think I’ll be OK over there. Now I am an Oriole. I’ll go play with the Orioles and I’ll be fine over there."

On the Cubs: "This team needs to win, this team can’t wait to see if a guy can play and give him time. (The Orioles) can do that."

On Baltimore the town: "I don’t know anything about Baltimore. I think it can be a great team. I’ll go see."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 6:59 PM | | Comments (40)
Categories: Just baseball
        

Comments

Certainly appears that the Ravens are tired. They seem to be a step slow on plays and are trying to compensate by taking too many chances for turnovers.

They got a break early when the receiver tried too hard for the TD and put the ball on the ground for an incomplete pass but they look like they are running in mud.

So is his name pronounced "P-eye"
or is it "Pee"?

Some help would be great.

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Pete's reply: It's pronounced Pee-AY.

Schmuck... Pie... brain overloading.

He seems like a talented kid. O's need more of those. Too bad it seems to push Lou to AAA. I had high hopes for him.

going totally off topic here, but I always laughed at those who said the ravens were getting hosed by the refs, but that roughing the kicker call was absolutely &^%#$$% ridiculous!!

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Pete's reply: How about the non-call on offfensive PI on that near interception. Flagrant. Three points.

It sounds like McPhail is going to give Pie the opportunity to play everyday according to one of the articles I read on orioleshangout.com. However, I get the impression from you guys that he will split time with Freel and Scott. Personally, I would like to see him get an entire season of playing everyday to see what we go in this trade. Let him get comfortable on this team and playing regularly in the major leagues.

Very good move, no complaints here. If Pie works out, we have our OF for the next 6 years. Olson will probably never pan out. Doesn't trust his stuff, pitches scared. He might grow out of it, but if so, it wasn't going to be here. Pie's ceiling is much higher so we definitely got the better end of this one.

LF has been turn over city from Bigbie to Byrnes (2 months) to Newhan to Payton to Scott, so I think getting someone young, athletic and very good defensively, gives the O's a very talented and young OF. I like this trade, because from everything I've heard about Pie, IF he can put it all together, he can be very special.

I wish Garrett all the best. I honestly don't think he would have a very long career in the AL East, because like D Cab, I think he doesn't have the makeup to get over and error and move on. I know Waters is older, but I truly believe he has more potential to contribute to the Birds than Garrett.

I like Luke Scott, but he is streaky, as he is either good or bad, no in between. Pete, is he the full time DH or do you expect Trader Andy, to see what he can get for him? I just have a hard time buying that the O's will give Huff 1B (love him as a DH), but it does look like that without a trade or the O's moving to a 4 man bench of Freel, Scott, Gomez and whatever catcher wins the job in FL, but they would have to get a SP like Looper or Garland, to make that happen.

mmm...pee-ay, key lime or lemon meringue? Hey, at least for 2 minutes no jokes about the blogster's name.

Pete,

He's young with an upside and wants to be in Baltimore even if he knows nothing about it! Hope he gets a regular chance to demonstrate his talent! Nice move! Do we know much about the A throw in?

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Pete's reply: Big guy. Lots of Ks in rookie and A-ball.

I guess LF will be an open competition between Lou and Pie in Spring Training?

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Pete's reply: I don't think they'll go in on equal footing.

Pete, why did the Orioles not look at moving Lou Montanez back to the infield??? He was drafted as a SS, but that never seems to have been in any discussion. Was he that bad defensively?

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Peter's reply: I don't know, but if he was a good shortstop, he'd probably still be a shortstop.

We lack pitching depth, so lets not sign one pitcher and trade two more. These are the only two MacPhail moves I've questioned since he's come to Baltimore, but I still bow to his superior baseball knowledge and hope he knows what he's doing.

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Pete's reply: I don't know that you throw a Class-A guy who was a double-digit draft choice into the conversation.

Looks like McPhail has brilliantly upgraded his everyday players with the entire OF plus the middle IF being plus defenders with plus speed (along with Freel who can fill in at all those spots too and for my money is the steal of the offseason) but, and there is always a but, what's next for the staff?

Is Will Ohman a possibility? What about our old friend John Parrish who seems a lot like Hendrickson to me? If they were going to spend any kind of money late, wouldn't it seem appropriate to spend it on a guy like Juan Cruz, who I know is an 'A' free agent, but with Cruz, Ray, and Sherrill, what would it matter who pitches when- outs are outs in the 6th same as the 9th and if the O's starters are likely to struggle, why not have the best 8 man bullpen in baseball?

Once again, a dumb move. We already have outfield depth in the form of Ryan Freel and Lou Montenez. Pie would have been released by the Cubs in spring training anyway. On the other hand, the Orioles have four open starting pitchign slots and traded one of the few young pitching prospects other teams actually want. At least two other teams covet Olsen, what do the O's know that these other teams don't?
This off-season,we've downgraded to a Mitchell report named, has-been, minor-league catcher in the name of saving $2M, agreed to cash in lieu of a player for Chad Bradford (who cost the O's a draft pick), and now gave up a valued pitching starting pitching prospect for a player we could have landed for free, MacPhail is not impressing me one bit.

Regarding acquisition of Pie, no one mentioned what could happen when he gets some instruction from Terry Crowley, as well as the patience to succeed.

Final note regarding the Ravens. The team showed true class today, as well as the entire season. The only thing more satisfying than going to the Super Bowl is a team exceeding all expectations and demostrating character. I believe the future is bright and we have nothing to be ashamed of.

PULLLLEASE, stop the whining about the Ravens and the refs ok? How about the STUPID BONE-HEADED out of bounds penalty by some loser name Stone that took the Ravens from the 40 to their own 15. That was the game right there. Stop blaming the refs. As far as the O's go, another great trade by MacPhail get Pie. The outfield 'should be' set for at least a decade.

A reasonable question at this point is why AM has devoted so much of his off-season activity to supplementing the outfield options, which seem to be the one area where we do have somewhat promising players in hand, in Montanez and Reimold? Why not go after some young corner infielders? I see little or no promise among our current options there.

What are they thinking?


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Peter's reply: AM is smarter than me, so I'm going to wait and see how this turns out.


Too bad.... Really too bad. I hope I am wrong but I do not like this deal at all.

Seems that McPhail has had his sites set on this guy no matter what. Gave up too much and I am sad that this is the best they can do. I have tried to understand the Orioles game plan, really I have. Just do not see it. Roberts will be gone next and Pie will be lead off. Awful just pitiful.

Tired of all these deals with the Cubs.

OK Its been a while since, I have read over this sort of thing, but..Pie was out of options with the Cubbies. Does that translate to the O's or do they get a couple of turns in the minors if they need to move him down?


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Peter's reply: Yes, it translates to the O's. Has to make the team or be waived.

I'm hoping we get the following out of Pie this year:

.276 Avg, 45 SB, 16HR, 45RBI, 75R

And hopefully play a great defensive outfield.

Sounds pretty good right?

Hey all you Corey Patterson bashers out there - that's exactly what Patterson gave us in 2006. How soon we forget.

"What are they thinking?"

You make trades where you can make trades. Pie will be in the outfield for a long time if he pans out. It's not like we turned down the option for an infielder... Pie just happened to be an undervalued outfield prospect in the Cubs system that Andy thought he could get for a fraction of the cost. GM's don't think in terms of "Well we already have a lot of outfielders so we won't make this deal". You get as many good options as you can and sort the pile out later. I'm sure that if Andy finds some diamond in the rough 2B blocked in a system somewhere, he'll do what he can to get him.

So who'll be gone first, Scott or Roberts or will both be gone in the same deal? WhiteSox still look like they might be a fit. Any chance that the O's might be willing to take Dye's salary for the next two years to make a deal happen?


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Peter's reply: Don't think anything is going on with White Sox.

This trade for Pie and the acquisition of Izturis will lower the staff's ERA this year as compared to last year. We will now have speed and above average defense at every position but 1st and catcher. When Wieters comes up around June, the defense at catcher with also be improved. As long as our pitchers don't walk batters or give up the long ball, we should be in better shape than last year. I love the steps that MacPhail has taking over these last two years to build the team around speed, defense, and pitching.

This trade makes sense to me. First given that O's are being rebuilt from the bottom-up, free agents do not want to come here, and one or two big free agent signings would change this team anyway. Is there risk in making ANY trade? Yes. The O's only have limited options in how they rebuild the team. Personally, I like the that MacPhail is acquiring young players that have speed and can play defense.

Trading a high potential fairly experienced pitcher for yet another outfielder seems really stupid to me. Unlike you Peter, I don't presume that AM has any brains, I judge him on his actions.


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Pete's reply: Funny, everybody wanted Garrett run out of town in September. Now he's a high-upside guy.

Good trade for both, Olsen wasn't going to become a #1 or anything, he's more suited to long relief if he ever learns to throw strikes on a consistent basis. Pie has upside, certainly creates some competition now, guys like Reimold will have to work harder to get to the big club.
Ravens had a better than expected year, enjoyed it, have to take our hats off to Pittsburgh, they were the better team this year. But next year - -

Does this mean that the Orioles are giving up on Reimold, or does this mean that they have plans for him at 1B?


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Pete's reply: I don't know what it means for Reimold. It'll become clearer in spring training.

Pete: Do you have any knowledge if Reimold or Montanez have ever played 1B in the minors. That would be a definite upgrade down the road if either of them could master 1B. Huff is a great DH, but a poor firstbaseman

I don't know why this trade bothers so many people. I was opposed to trading BRob 4 Pie, but Olson? This seems to be a trade of 2 under-achieving prospects that could use a change of scenery. It could help BOTH teams. Olson was over matched here and had a spotlight on him. On a better team with lower expectations (spot starter?) he could finally settle down and pitch effective. I don't see another Koufax here. Pie was VERY highly rated by everyone, and the O's were after him, so maybe they see something that can be adjusted. Maybe he just needs to play knowing that the next bad at bat he has won't land him right back on the bench.Of the 2 players I feel Pie still has the better potential to be a regular. Ok, he won't be Nick2, but if he plays solid D, steals bases and forces mistakes out of the other team and hits .270 he's a ML OF'er. I like Luke at DH and Huff on 1st for now. He's not too much different from the Adam Jones we got last winter and that worked out OK up to now.

Pete,
This is off topic but rumors are floating around that the O’s are interested in Ty Wigginton. Is there any truth to this and if so do you think he could serve as a piece for a larger trade to acquire some pitching?

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Pete's reply: I don't see it now that they've made this trade. Luke Scott figures to DH and Huff goes to first.

I like the Pie deal. He has upside potential. Olson is a minor league pitcher. Not a bad deal. A very young, fast and strong defensive outfield. Maybe he'll hit? Time will tell. The Orioles should be looking at Garland and Looper and also Dunn. Of course, they won't. That would mean Angelos giving up another limo. I think the O's are a slightly improved 5th place team. McFail has done an OK job considering Angelos has him in chains. The O's have to keep growing youth because no dynamic free agent would come here until they turn it around. You read the posts and the organization gets absolutely ZERO respect....and deservedly so.

Who's "everybody that wanted Garrett run out of town in September?" Olsen, like most of the O's young pitchers, has been grossly mishandled by Dave T and now the O's are shipping them out to other teams in exchange for yet another outfielder. Prediction: Olsen wins 15 games next year for the Cubs.

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Pete's reply: I'll take that bet.

I read once about a guy remarking that a certain team had the best rotation, and the baseball insider he was talking to said "Of course they do, they have the fastest outfield." I'm very, very tired of the O's leading the galaxy in allowing walks. Olson was one of the worst, but nearly the whole staff gave up way too many BB's. It tires out the defense, and it sure tires out me! Maybe a very fine outfield trio--and a sharp shortstop--will help them find the confidence to throw the ball close to the plate more often. As always in January, I'm full of confidence.

Pete,

Any rumors about us getting into the Hank Blalock biz? Since he wants out at Texas if they won't let him play SS, are we at least taking a look? He definitely fills a defensive hole and makes us pretty solid across the board, 3-6. Cost may be way too high, but that is a played out excuse in this time, time for us to pay the price of having a franchise worth holding our heads up high for again.

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Pete's reply: I think you've got him mixed up with Michael Young, who says he'll play third now.

rocket accurate arm, as good as any other major league player playing today.

I liked Montanez though but no room for him unless he plays infield or Scott is traded for pitching

Dont you just love baseball? We fans are always so optimistic about the player our team just acquired even if he is a proven major league dud suitable only for minor league stardom. Pie is out of options because he couldnt cut it in 6 odd years of trying with the Cubs. They gave him many opportunities, too many really just like Patterson, but he didnt or wouldnt take their instruction to improve. I hope he does better for the O's. Andy is in love with all these players he helped to sign when he was with the with the Cubs that he just cant believe have flopped. Someone mentioned Will Ohman, I didnt follow him after he was traded but while he was with the Cubs the two guys who you knew were going to blow the game if they came in were Will Ohman and Michael Wuerst. Wuerst stupidly turned down arbitration so he he is hoping Hendry makes him an offfer, any offer. I hope Hendry offers him a ride out of town, anywhere is OK cause he probably cant get anything for him. Just like Pie I guess.
Larry from Chitown

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Trading a high potential fairly experienced pitcher? Have you even seen Olsen pitch? Because if you had, you wouldn't be predicting the guy wins 15 for the Cubs this year. So you are basing this brilliant prediction off of ... ? Statements like yours are the reason I support a Drug Free America!

It's amazing how much greener the grass gets once it's on the other side. Garrett Olson seems like a nice enough guy, but he accumulated an ERA well above 6 last year. Scouts say he doesn't have a plus-plus pitch in his arsenal. Statistically, he doesn't get enough strikeouts, walks too many people, and gives up a lot of hits.

I wish him the best and hope that he figures it out with the Cubs. But really, there shouldn't be this kind of teeth-gnashing over his departure, at least not for baseball-related reasons.

I love this trade! Great job by Andy! Pie is a top prospect that, I think, will benefit greatly from a change of scenery and new coaching. Pie was a more highly-touted prospect than Adam Jones or Markakis for a reason. I fully believe that given the opportunity to start everyday he will become what the Cubs thought they were getting with him. Our outfield looks awesome!

But are we ever going to see some pitching come to town?

Prediction. Before the year is out, Lou Montanez will be the everyday left fielder. I'm not knocking the Pie/Olsen trade, it seems like a good value bet. But with Scott, Montanez, and Reimold available it wasn't necessary.

I think Montanez is best of the four LFs.

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