January 2007 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Orioles Claim Guthrie Off Waivers From Indians
The Orioles claimed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie off waivers from the Indians on Monday and added the right-hander to their 40-man roster. The 27-year-old Guthrie had a 6.98 ERA in nine games with Cleveland last year. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he went 9-5 with a 3.14 ERA.
Trade: Orioles Send Lopez To Rockies For Two Minor-Leaguers
The Rockies obtained right-hander Rodrigo Lopez from the Orioles on Friday for minor league right-handers Jim Miller and Jason Burch. Lopez was 9-18 with a 5.90 ERA last season in 29 starts and seven relief appearances. His 18 losses were the most in the majors and matched the second-highest in club history.
Ripken Interested If Angelos Decides To Sell Orioles
Cal Ripken Jr. would be interesting in buying the Orioles if Peter Angelos decides to sell the team. Ripken Professional Baseball has owned the Class-A Aberdeen Ironbirds of the New York-Penn League since 2002 and the Class-A Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League since 2005. There has been speculation that Ripken would want to own the Orioles and he was asked Wednesday about a possible purchase at the Hall of Fame news conference.
Ripken And Gwynn Elected To HOF
As anticipated, the dynamic duo of eight-time National League batting champion Tony Gwynn and Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr. earned election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, both having attained nearly the highest percentage of votes in history. On the ballot for the first time, the pair will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 29. They will be joined by any candidates elected in the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee election, the results of which will be announced on Feb. 27. Ripken garnered 98.53 percent of the vote, the third highest in balloting history done by veteran members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but the most for a position player. Ripken finished behind Tom Seaver (98.83 in 1992) and Nolan Ryan (98.79 in 1999). Gwynn's percentage of 97.6 percent, based on his 532 votes, ranks seventh all-time. Mark McGwire, also a ballot newcomer, fell well short of election, his name appearing on less than a quarter of the record 545 ballots cast, two of which were left completely blank. There is good news and bad news for Rich "Goose" Gossage, the reliever who is creeping ever so close to his day in the Cooperstown sun. The bad news is that this time Gossage came up 21 votes shy of the 75 percent needed to ascend to the Hall. The good news is that with a much thinner ballot next year, Gossage seems to be on the cusp.
Ripken And Gwynn To Fall Short Of Unanimous Picks
Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. will fall short of becoming the first unanimous Hall of Fame picks, and Mark McGwire doesn't figure to be anywhere close to the necessary 75 percent when 2007 voting is released Tuesday. Paul Ladewski of the Daily Southtown in suburban Chicago wrote in a column Monday that he submitted a blank ballot because of doubts he had over performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. "At this point, I don't have nearly enough information to make a value judgment of this magnitude. In particular, that concerns any player in the Steroids Era, which I consider to be the 1993-2004 period, give or a take a season," Ladewski wrote. "This isn't to suggest that Gwynn or Ripken or the majority of the other eligible candidates padded his statistics with performance-enhancers and cheated the game, their predecessors and the fans in the process. ... But tell me, except for the players themselves, who can say what they put into their bodies over the years with any degree of certainty?"
Gwynn, Ripken Await HOF Call
The much-heralded Hall of Fame class of 2007 will be announced at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and as the moments tick toward that conclusion, it's not getting any easier, even for the main participants. "I can't wait till it's over," Tony Gwynn said the other day. "My way of coping with all that is to just kind of wait until it happens," added Cal Ripken Jr. "I try to keep my enthusiasm inside. No jitters." Ripken, the Iron Man, and Gwynn, the eight-time National League batting champion, head the list of most likely electees. The jury is still out on Mark McGwire, the first player to hit 70 homers during a single season, but a man who is tainted by the shadow of MLB's so-called steroid era. The trio is among 17 players on the ballot this year for the first time.
Orioles, Cedeno Agree To Minor League Contract
Roger Cedeno agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles after a 1 1/2 -season layoff. Cedeno has a .273 career average with five teams. He was traded by the New York Mets to St. Louis in April 2004 for Wilson Delgado and released by the Cardinals in June 2005.
Orioles, Cabrera Agree On One-Year Deal
The Orioles avoided arbitration with Daniel Cabrera on Friday, agreeing to terms with the righthander on a one-year contract.
Orioles Discussing Lopez Trade With Several Clubs
Several teams, including Kansas City and Colorado, have continued to consider trading for Baltimore's Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez was 9-18 during his 2006 campaign.
Huff Agrees To Deal With Baltimore
Aubrey Huff has reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year, $20 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the versatile free agent can add punch to a lineup that ranked 11th in the AL in home runs last season. The agreement was secured over the weekend, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Orioles have not yet announced the deal. The contract will be finalized if Huff passes a physical, which will likely be administered this week in Baltimore.