"The Orioles have acquired J.C. Romero from the Indians for minor league infielder Carlos Rojas, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. The southpaw signed a minor league deal with Baltimore in May, but exercised his opt-out clause in July.
Romero, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Indians last month. He allowed nine runs in eight innings for the Cardinals earlier this season, and has pitched to a 2.74 ERA in 23 Triple-A innings since. Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer says that Romero could have opted out of his contract with Cleveland on Wednesday, but they weren't ready to call him up.
Rojas, 28, hit .226/.285/.248 in 147 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He spent some time in"
I rather we kept Neshek but it is what it is!
Do I already need to create a off-season thread??? lol I know it's a small sample size, but I like Manny at 3rd. Slide JJ to 3rd once his range diminishes. IMO, the O's got a good deal on Hardy's contract, where does the unload part come into play???_____________________________________________________
-MLBTR - Hardy "makes a ton of sense" as a trade target for the Diamondbacks this winter, writes Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The Orioles could unload Hardy to make room for Manny Machado at his natural shortstop position, while the D'Backs pick up Hardy as a "stopgap" for the next two seasons until prospect Chris Owings is ready for the majors. Arizona GM Kevin Towers said yesterday that his team would likely pursue a shortstop via the trade market in the offseason as the D'Backs look to replace Stephen Drew.
you beat me to it. i was creating a thread to discuss this. Here's my input anyway
I posted in another thread that I think the O's need to decide Mannys' future position in the majors and that will determine the direction they take and the free agents they target in the offseason. My personal opinion is to keep Hardy, let Machado get some more games under his belt at 3rd in triple a next season and replace Hardy in a couple years with jonathan Schoop. I am kind of curious what the Diamondbacks would be willing to give to get him. Wonder if they would be willing to give BRad Bergesen or David Hernandez back plus another major league ready player.
Placed on waivers
-Cliff Lee, Phillies - claimed and pulled back by Philadelphia. -Carlos Lee, Marlins - was on waivers August 2nd. Has either cleared waivers or been claimed and pulled back by Miami. -Mike Aviles, Red Sox - was on waivers August 10th. Has either cleared waivers or been claimed and pulled back by Boston. -Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront and Andrew Miller, Red Sox - were on waivers August 16th. Have either cleared waivers or been claimed and pulled back by Boston. - Edinson Volquez, Padres - placed on waivers this week. -Joe Saunders, Diamondbacks - placed on waivers this week. - Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox - placed on waivers this week. -Josh Beckett, Red Sox - placed on waivers this week.
The Orioles have some interest in trading for Juan Pierre, but the Phillies aren’t eager to trade him, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports. Pierre could replace Nick Markakis, who's out with a broken thumb, and lead off for Baltimore. The Phillies wouldn’t get much in return for Pierre with less than a month remaining in the season, so they’re content to keep him.
Pierre, 35, signed a one-year deal with a base salary of $800K in January. He's been a bargain, posting a .304/.346/.364 batting line in 385 plate appearances, stealing 34 bases in 40 attempts, and amassing nearly as many walks (20) as strikeouts (21). Pierre wouldn’t be eligible for the playoffs if Baltimore traded for him.
Sounds like the Phils are playing hard ball. They have no interest in trading him? Pierre is 35 and a free agent in 2013.