Baltimore Orioles Make a Trade for Cla Meredith

Randy LermanContributor IJuly 20, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 25:  Relief pitcher Cla Meredith #43 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the major league baseball game at Chase Field on May 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Padres defeated the Diamondbacks 9-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Orioles have shipped out utility player Oscar Salazar to the San Diego Padres in exchange for relief pitcher Cla Meredith. Salazar was out of options so he had to remain on the roster and could not be optioned down to the minor leagues without being placed on waivers. In that scenario, a team most likely would have put in a claim and received Salazar while the Orioles would have not gotten anything in return.

Oscar's stay on the roster became in issue once Cesar Izturis was reinstated after his surgery. Salazar did make the most of the small amount of playing time he received, slugging two home runs and driving in six runs.
Meredith has a 4.17 ERA this year coming out of the Padres bullpen. San Diego needed a player to fill the infield void since both David Eckstein and Edgar Gonzalez are injured, and Salazar fit that need. We will see what Meredith brings to the table in the coming weeks and good luck to Oscar Salazar in his new home.