Tuesday, March 4, 2008

'08 RAPS: Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles have been a franchise in a state of flux for many years; however, Peter Angelos was actually willing to let GM Andy MacPhail unload two top names in Erik Bedard and Miguel Tejada. Plus, Angelos is also letting MacPhail shop Brian Roberts as well.

Here are MacPhail's off-season moves:

- Acquired outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Troy Patton, Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate and third baseman Mike Costanzo from the Houston Astros for shortstop Miguel Tejada
- Claimed pitcher Greg Aquino off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers
- Signed pitcher Steve Trachsel to a minor league deal
- Traded pitcher Erik Bedard to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Adam Jones and pitchers George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler.

SP1: Jeremy Guthrie
SP2-5: Fernando Cabrera/Adam Loewen/Steve Trachsel/Garret Olsen/Radhames Liz
CL: George Sherrill
SUM: Jaime Walker/Dennis Sarfate

DH: Aubrey Huff/Kevin Millar
C: Ramon Hernandez
1B: Kevin Millar/Aubrey Huff
2B: Brian Roberts/Freddie Bynum
SS: Luis Hernandez
3B: Melvin Mora
LF: Luke Scott/Jay Payton
CF: Adam Jones
RF: Nick Markakis

Easiest- The Orioles will finish dead last in the AL East
Boldest- The Orioles will lose over 100 games
Team MVP/Best Hitter- Nick Markakis (15-20 HRs, 80-90 RBIs, +.333 AVG)
Best Pitcher- Jeremy Guthrie (5-9 wins, 150-180 K's)
Breakout Player- Adam Jones (10-15 HRs, 20-30 SBs)

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