This is the third article of my new weekly series "What People are Saying about the Baltimore Orioles."
For this week, the main headlines consisted of possible trade bait, a youngster making his pro debut, and second-half predictions for 2009. Let's see what people are saying.
- Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com says the Mets and Phillies are both interested in bench player Oscar Salazar:
"Hernandez is slated to pitch Monday at the new Yankee Stadium. The Orioles need to make room on the 25-man roster, and they're convinced that Salazar and Felix Pie will be claimed if exposed to waivers.
I'm hearing that the Yankees, Mets and Phillies are three of the teams interested in Salazar."
Another person chimed in from MASNsports.com this week. Buck Martinez says that center fielder Adam Jones is "an All-Star in more ways than one":
"The Orioles need to be commended on the acquisition of Jones in the Bedard deal for a couple of reasons. They got a young, athletic centerfielder who will be a fixture for years to come as the face of the organization, both as a player and also as a person. He has class and character that should make Orioles fans proud to say "Adam Jones is an Oriole."
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Jones might be the most important acquisition since Frank Robinson."
The Baltimore Sun's Dean Jones Jr. reports that 2009 first-round pick Matt Hobgood could make his pro debut on July 19 with Bluefield:
"Orioles first-round draft pick Matt Hobgood will pitch one or two innings in his professional debut, which is expected to take place Saturday night when Rookie-level Bluefield hosts Johnson City at Bowen Field."
Zach Wilt of BaltimoreSportsReport.com writes about the O's 2nd-half goals for 2009. Of those goals, one mentioned is to win on the road:
"The O’s are 24-21 at Camden Yards and 14-27 away from home. The West Coast has killed them. 2009 is all about proving you’re ready to win in 2010; that starts with putting together some “W’s” away from home."
Brian Shephard of mlbtraderumors.com writes about potential trade bait for the Birds. One of the names on his list is closer George Sherrill:
"George Sherrill "has been the most popular target." The Orioles have him under control for two more years and are looking for a pitcher with "closer" value in return."
Bleacher Report's Zachary Ball writes about prospects that are "soaring (or sliding)" in July. Here's what he had to say regarding outfield prospect Billy Rowell:
"For the season, Rowell is hitting a paltry .230, with eight home runs and 31 RBI—not anywhere near inspiring numbers. May I suggest a demotion to Delmarva, where this kid can finally gain some confidence?"
B/R's Dean Hybl runs through five key players for the second half of '09. One of the players named is starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie:
"However, this season he has struggled from the very beginning. In 18 starts, Guthrie has allowed three or more runs 15 times and pitched seven or more innings only five times.
As the Orioles look to give their young pitchers a chance to prepare for full-time duty in 2010, Guthrie needs to re-establish himself as the leader of the staff by going out there every start and piling up the quality starts like he did over the last two seasons."