This is the first article of my new weekly series "What People are Saying about the Baltimore Orioles".
Every week, I will scour the Web, looking for what analysts, writers, and fans alike think about the Birds. So keep putting out solid material, O’s fans, and you might find yourself in this week’s issue. Let’s check out the first installment.
Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that the O’s will not sign 16-year-old shortstop prospect Miguel Sano in the immediate future.
"The international signing period began today, with teams allowed to reach contractual agreements with amateur free agents from Latin America. But Andy MacPhail, president of baseball operations, told me a few minutes ago that I shouldn't look for anything to happen in the immediate future."
Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that starter Koji Uehara might be out until September. "Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara could be sidelined until September after an arthrogram revealed that his lingering elbow soreness is the result of a partially torn flexor tendon."
According to the Baltimore Sun, "Manager Dave Trembley announced Wednesday morning that Uehara will be shut down for up to five weeks, then embark on a throwing program that could extend his absence to eight weeks or more. It's possible Uehara won't return this season."
MLB.com writer Spencer Fordin says the Orioles will keep pitcher Brian Matusz in the minors: "Matusz, the fourth overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, started the year with Class A Frederick and went 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his first 11 starts. Now, through three starts with Double-A Bowie, he's 3-0 with an 0.49 ERA."
The story states, "Despite his rapid success, the Orioles have no plan to promote Matusz to the big leagues this season. Matusz will likely sit at Bowie all year, which should set him up for an extended audition in Spring Training and a starting point at Triple-A Norfolk."
According to SBnation.com, closer George Sherrill could be an option for the Florida Marlins. "Sherrill could be a nice fit; the O's are definitely entertaining offers for him."
Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal writes that the O’s may not want to deal Sherrill. "Losing teams generally place lower values on closers than contenders. Sherrill, though, helps stabilize a young Orioles staff that will only get younger as the team continues to promote its top pitching prospects."
"The Orioles, like most clubs in their position, are open to moving virtually any player at the right price. Rest assured, they will not sell low on Sherrill," Rosenthal writes.
Dean Hybl on Bleacher Report believes the Orioles must perform better on their West Coast trip. "Even if the West Coast trip doesn’t yield a lot of wins, what is more important is that the Orioles play better than they did on their previous trip."
Hybl continues, "If they can battle every night the way they did in their epic comeback against the Red Sox, then the wins will start taking care of themselves."
Bleacher Report’s Zachary Ball believes that starter Brad Bergesen is the new ace in "Charm City". "I think it's about time to hand over the label of 'staff ace' Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie held that title last year, and wore the crown well, even if it is a little too thorny for the Stanford grad's liking. This year is clearly Bergesen's year. And what a rise it has been."