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01-09-2012 01:37 PM #121
01-09-2012 01:37 PM #122
01-09-2012 01:38 PM #123
On a separate note, where does this put our interest level in Jackson? Have we inched wider on packages we'd accept in return for Guthrie?
01-09-2012 01:39 PM #124
01-09-2012 01:39 PM #125
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I think Guthrie, Britton, and Chen pretty much have spots locked up. The other 2 will be up for grabs. I would guess Hunter, Arietta, and Wada have the inside track on 2 of those 3 spots. Eveland and Matusz could steal one spot away with impressive springs.
I also think as long as Eveland doesn't blow up in ST he will have a BP spot and if Hunter or Wada doesn't win a rotation spot they also will have a BP spot.
I guess to make a prediction I'll go with
That would mean Arrieta, Matusz, Bergy, Berken, Rapada all miss the cut and I think that is far from a given. I think all of these guys will have a legit chance to win a spot. 3 or 4 spots on the staff are probably up for grabs. Vandenhurk, Phillips, Tillman, or anyone else I can't think of off the top of my head all seem like extreme longshots to make it out of ST.
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01-09-2012 01:41 PM #126
01-09-2012 01:43 PM #127
Speaking of Koji, how much do you think he would love to come back to Baltimore and pitch with his old friends plus Wada and Chen?
01-09-2012 01:43 PM #128
01-09-2012 01:43 PM #129
01-09-2012 01:44 PM #130
Dan Connolly @danconnollysun
The #Orioles signing of Chen Wei-yin is for three guaranteed years
Initially heard Chen's value was $4 to $5M per year -- makes sense (w Wada getting just over $8M for 2) but dont know yet if that's deal
01-09-2012 01:44 PM #131
01-09-2012 01:45 PM #132
I am not sure Wada and Koji can be compared. Sounds like Koji throws a little harder and he has that out pitch..the splitter.
Wada does seem like a good control/command guy like Koji was though.
01-09-2012 01:45 PM #133
01-09-2012 01:46 PM #134
01-09-2012 01:49 PM #135
But most importantly, the number — $8.15 million over two years — means that there are all sorts of ways that Wada can be productive for the Orioles.
Even if he ends up a reliever, he has a chance to return more than a win and a half over the next two years. 63 relievers have managed that feat, including some relievers that are somewhere between spot starter, long reliever and LOOGY status like Phil Coke. In a market place that awarded 32-year-old two-pitch reliever Jeremy Affeldt with a $5 million contract for the next season, Wada’s deal can’t be seen as terrible. And Koji Uehara shows that a Japanese reliever with a sub-90 MPH fastball and some durability issues has an even higher ceiling (2.7 WAR since 2010) than that.