The Baltimore Orioles managed one more trade on July 31, dealing right-handed pitcher Koji Uehara for first baseman Chris Davis and right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Texas Rangers.
Uehara played his first season in Major League Baseball in 2009. He started 12 games for the Orioles, putting together a 2-4 record with a 4.05 ERA. The last two seasons, Uehara made the jump to the bullpen, where he has been more much effective. In 2010, Uehara had a 0.95 WHIP with a 2.86 ERA.
This year has been even more impressive for the Japanese righty, pitching 47 innings for the Orioles with a 1.72 ERA and 0.70 WHIP before getting traded.
Chris Davis made his MLB debut in 2008, showing off his ability to hit for both power and average with a .285 batting average with 17 home runs. The '09 season was a bit of a disappointment, dropping nearly 50 points off of his average, but hitting 21 homers. Last year, Davis played just 45 games and managed just a .192 average with a single home run.
This season has been an improvement for Davis, but his rookie year still has yet to be replicated. Since joining the Orioles, Davis is batting .200 with one home run and three RBI.
Tommy Hunter spent most of his time with the Texas Rangers in the starting role, but has shown his ability to come out of the bullpen effectively this season. In 15.1 innings pitched for the Rangers, Hunter had a 2.93 ERA.
Since the trade, Hunter's ERA has blown up to 4.47, as he has allowed nine earned runs in 11.2 innings.
Ultimately, Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter aren't likely to be as effective this season as Uehara was. Losing Uehara is going to be difficult on the Orioles, but at 36 years old, the organization is clearly interested in making moves to get younger.
Hunter put together a good season in 2010, and at 25 years old, he's a good pick-up for a team looking to the future. Chris Davis is also 25 and while he hasn't come close to his 2008 season, that potential makes him an interesting addition.