Results tagged ‘ bench ’

Orioles still in on Norris

With less than 24 hours until Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, manager Buck Showalter was twenty minutes late to his pregame session with reporters on Tuesday as he met with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette to discuss potential scenarios.

The Orioles are in need of a starter and a designated hitter and are one of two teams thought to be the frontrunner for Houston’s Bud Norris, who was scratched from Tuesday’s start, along with Arizona.

“I think [the deadline is] always been significant because fans think it’s some deadline if we don’t do something this is what we are stuck with,” Showalter said of the perception around Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. “I like what we got, ok? And if Dan walks in and says, ‘I don’t like anything’…I can tell you about a couple of trades that have been proposed and you would go, ‘God, you are not going to do that are you? So, you got to know who you are and where you are going and how you are going to do it.”

The Orioles have already made a pair of moves in July in trading for starter Scott Feldman and reliever Francisco Rodriguez but Duquette is aggressively pursuing upgrades and Baltimore has been linked to numerous rumors for both a bat and another starting pitcher.  Last year, the club didn’t do anything prior to the deadline and then traded for Joe Saunders in August.

Indians acquire LHP Rzepczynski from Cardinals

Hours after announcing that they had optioned left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to Triple-A, the Cardinals finalized a deal to send him to the Indians. The trade was announced during Game 1 of the Cardinals-Pirates doubleheader. In return, the Cardinals receive Minor League shortstop Juan Herrera.

Acquired at the Trade Deadline two years ago, Rzepczynski was a critical bullpen piece on the Cardinals’ 2011 World Championship club. However, he struggled early in the 2012 season and went on to finish the year with a 4.24 ERA. This season has been even worse. He allowed seven runs on 13 hits in his first nine appearances and was sent down to Memphis before April ended.

Rzepczynski returned to St. Louis last week and made two appearances before leaving the team on Tuesday. With two other left-handed pitchers in the bullpen, the Cardinals saw Rzepczynski as an expendable piece. He becomes the second reliever the Cardinals have traded this month. Mitchell Boggs was sent to the Rockies on July 9.

Herrera, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, has been playing in the short-season New York Penn League this season. The 20-year-old posted a .275/.366/.369 slash line in 39 games. The Cardinals will keep Herrera in the same league by placing him on the State College Spikes roster.

– Jenifer Langosch

Norris scratched; trade coming?

Astros right-hander Bud Norris has been scratched from his Tuesday start, MLB.com‘s Brian McTaggart has confirmed, and there could be a trade on the way.

The Houston Chronicle first reported that Lucas Harrell would get the start in favor of Norris, who is reportedly being sought after by as many as three teams.

Norris, 28, is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts this season. Harrell was moved to the bullpen on July 7, and the righty is 5-10 with a 5.17 ERA in 23 appearances this year (19 starts).

– Joey Nowak

Asche Headed to Philly; Young Deal In Works?

The Phillies’ Triple-A third baseman Cody Asche is on his way to Citizens Bank Park, a strong indication Phillies third baseman Michael Young is headed elsewhere.

A source Tuesday confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report Asche, who is one of the organization’s top prospects, will join the team. The Phillies have been looking for ways to retool for next season, and Young always has been the most likely Phillies player to be traded before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline.

Young has been linked most closely to the Red Sox and Orioles. The Rangers also have been mentioned although a source told MLB.com over the weekend a reunion with the Rangers is unlikely. But that becomes interesting because FOX Sports just reported Young, who has a full no-trade clause, has only approved a trade to Texas.

Young is in the final season of his contract and is unlikely to be resigned. He also has value for a postseason contender as a veteran corner infielder with postseason experience and previous experience as a DH.

Asche is hitting .295 with 24 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs, 68 RBIs and .837 OPS in 446 plate appearances this season with the IronPigs. He is hitting .323 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and a .935 OPS in 222 plate appearances since the end of May.

The Phillies acquired Young in a trade with the Rangers in December for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. Young is hitting .277 with 18 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 32 RBIs and a .743 OPS in 398 plate appearances.

- Todd Zolecki

Os acquire Rodriguez for Delmonico

The Orioles acquired veteran pitcher Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, adding the right-handed reliever they coveted in exchange for promising infield prospect Nick Delmonico.

“We like Franky Rodriguez’s experience, especially in pitching in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of the move. “And he’s done it well.  He gives us a little more depth to our bullpen. We really like his changeup, his signature pitch that has had success against left-handed hitters. And he’s a Major League veteran. He has got experience and he’s a competitor.”

The 31-year-old Rodriguez is 1-1 with 10 saves, a 1.09 ERA (24 2/3 IP, 3ER), 26 strikeouts and nine walks in 25 appearances. He has recorded double-digit saves in nine of the last 10 seasons — including a Major League record 62 while with the Angels in ’08– and his 304 career saves are third-most among active players.

He will presumably take over a late-inning role in the Orioles’ bullpen, giving manager Buck Showalter another option in close games, which Baltimore plays on a near-nightly basis. Closer Jim Johnson is on pace to record more save opportunities than last year and even with the team’s rotation –bolstered by the recent trade for starter Scott Feldman – looking improved, the O’s never filled the spot vacated by power arm Pedro Strop.

“We are pretty solid defensively and we’ve got some pretty solid players in the lineup,” Duquette said of an Orioles club that entered Tuesday’s game on a season-high five-game winning streak and a season-high 14 games over .500.  “We were trying to upgrade the pitching to give us a chance   to make the run for the AL [East] title and the pennant. So, we did what we had to do to help the team now and we have enough players having good years at the plate. It’s my hope that we can have a steady stream of prospects going through the system so we can have some that we can trade to supplement the Major League team.”

Delmonico, ranked as the Orioles fifth-best prospect by MLB.com entering the season, hit .244/.351/.471 in 60 games for Class-A Advanced Frederick. The organization’s sixth-round pick out of Farragut (Tenn.) High School, Delmonico played 43 games at third base, 13 at designated hitter and one at first.

“Nick Delmonico shows a lot of promise as a hitter,” Duquette said, “but the Major League club needed a little more depth for our pitching staff to accomplish what we want to accomplish this year.”

–Brittany Ghiroli

Orioles pick up K-Rod

In an effort to bolster their bullpen, the Orioles acquired veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers on Tuesday in exchange for infield prospect Nick Delmonico.

Rodriguez, 31, has put up impressive numbers for Milwaukee this season, going 1-1 with 10 saves and a 1.09 ERA. With 26 strikeouts and only nine walks in 24 2/3 innings over 25 appearances for the Brewers this year, Rodriguez should provide Baltimore with another solid late-inning relief option.

One of the most coveted bullpen arms on this year’s trade market, the right-hander has recorded double-digit saves in nine of the last 10 seasons, including a Major League record 62 in 2008 with the Angels. His 304 career saves rank third among active players and 21st all-time.

Delmonico, the Orioles’ No. 5 prospect, posted a .244/.351/.471 batting line in 60 games with Class A Frederick this season, spending most of his time at third base but also appearing at first and as the designated hitter. The 21-year-old was a sixth-round Draft pick by the Orioles in 2011 and hit .249/.351/.411 in 95 games for Class A Delmarva last year.

To make room for Rodriguez on their 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred outfielder Nolan Reimold — out for the season after undergoing corrective neck surgery — to the 60-day disabled list.

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