March 2008 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Orioles Release Gibbons, Eat $11.9M Of His Contract
Jay Gibbons was released Sunday by the Orioles, who lost patience waiting for the outfielder to regain the form that enabled him to hit 26 home runs in 2005, according to an Associated Press report. Gibbons batted .189 with no homers and four RBIs in 16 games this spring training after playing in only 84 games last season. Baltimore owes him $11.9M for the next two seasons as part of a $21.1M, four-year deal he agreed to in January 2006.
MacPhail: O's Not Dealing Roberts To Cubs
Andy MacPhail said on Wednesday that he is not close to dealing second baseman Brian Roberts to the Cubs and that Roberts will begin the season in the team's infield, according to the Associated Press. "I've mentioned to Brian that I think it's unlikely that something happens," said MacPhail, the Baltimore Orioles president of baseball operations. "I think with each passing hour, at this point, it's less and less likely. ... The further we get this close into [the regular season], the greater likelihood that we're going to start with what we have," MacPhail said.
Orioles Name Guthrie Opening Day Starter
Orioles' Manager Dave Trembley has named Jeremy Guthrie as his Opening Day starter, the Baltimore Sun reported Saturday on it web site. Claimed by Baltimore off waivers from the Indians in January 2007, the righthander went 7-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 32 games, 26 starts, as a rookie last season.
Sherrill Named Orioles' Closer
Orioles' Manager Dave Trembley has named pitcher George Sherrill the team's closer, according to News Channel 8. Baltimore acquired Trembley in the same trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Mariners.
Cubs Improve Offer For Roberts
Sources confirmed on Thursday that the Cubs have improved their offer to the Orioles for Brian Roberts by including pitching prospect Jose Ceda. Infielder Ronny Cedeno and pitchers Sean Gallagher and Donnie Veal also are in the package. Both sides agree that a deal is likely. The trade could possibly expand to include pitcher Jason Marquis going to Baltimore, and outfielder Jay Payton coming to the Cubs in a 5-for-2 or 6-for-2 trade that likely would include cash.
Orioles Interested In Loretta And Uribe?
Because of Baltimore's lack of infield depth, the club has expressed interest in the Houston Astros' Mark Loretta and the Chicago White Sox's Juan Uribe.
Cubs Still Sending Scouts To Watch Roberts
The Chicago Cubs are still sending scouts to watch Brian Roberts, who was 1-for-3 and scored a run on Tuesday.
Orioles' Bynum Opts For Knee Surgery; Will Miss Five Weeks
Freddie Bynum will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and miss at least five weeks, ending his bid to be Orioles?s starting shortstop on opening day, according to an Associated Press report. Bynum complained about a sore knee early in camp, and an MRI revealed a torn meniscus. After trying to play through the pain, he decided surgery was the best option.
Patton Opts For Surgery, Will Miss Season
Troy Patton will undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder, forcing him to miss the entire season, according to the Associated Press. "We decided we're going to get surgery. I'm going to go to Dr. (Lewis) Yocum in L.A.," Patton said Friday. "We're going to call him and try to set up something next week." "It's kind of disappointing to miss the season, but I'm kind of anxious to get it over with and hopefully feel better and pitch better next season, have a little bit more velocity than I've been pitching with," he said.
Markakis Latest To Have Contract Renewed
Nick Markakis is the latest talented young player to have his contract renewed for minimal money, according to the Associated Press. He joins Prince Fielder, Cole Hamels, and Jeff Francoeur, who will all make less than $1 million despite their status as the game's best young talent. He will make just $455,000 this season.
Roberts Trade Talks Intensify
Baltimore is interested in acquiring pitchers Sean Marshall and Sean Gallagher, outfielder Matt Murton and infielder Ronny Cedeno, among others.