Baltimore Orioles: Power Ranking Each Veteran's Likelihood of Being Dealt
After a great start, the Baltimore Orioles have come back to earth and slowed down.
However, they have managed to stay alive by hovering around a .500 record.
They are also currently only 3.5 games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.
Here's to the fans who fill Camden Yards and to the Orioles' veterans who may be dealt.
NOTE: All stats are current through May 15, 2011.
8. Kevin Gregg, RP
Kevin Gregg is enjoying the best start to his career.
The scary part is that he has pitched consistently well the past few seasons, so it will be exciting as 2011 continues.
There will be teams interested, but chances are the O's will keep Gregg and remain solid in the bullpen.
ODDS: 1 in 100
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Troy Patton, 2.60 ERA, 17.1 innings, 15 strikeouts and one win.
7. Koji Uehara, RP
He may not be considered a seasoned vet in the majors, but Koji Uehara spent 10 professional seasons in Japan.
This would explain the solid beginning to his MLB career with the O's, and give the team more incentive to keep him.
As long as the consistency remains, Uehara will do wonders for Baltimore.
ODDS: 1 in 80
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Mark Worrell, 1.65 ERA, 16.1 innings, 12 strikeouts and seven saves.
6. Derrek Lee, 1B
BATTING AVERAGE: .227
Derrek Lee clearly has seen better years. However, this seasoned vet ranks fourth on the team in hits and is tied for third in HRs.
His experience is definitely a key aspect, but being an everyday player has taken its toll.
Come time for trade talks in June, don't expect Lee to stir up any speculation.
ODDS: 1 in 75
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Brandon Snyder, .277 BA, five HRs, 16 RBI and 36 hits.
5. Jeremy Guthrie, SP
When Jeremy Guthrie has pitched this season, the Orioles offense has only scored 12 runs.
Without hardly any run support—and for someone with a 1-6 record because of it—Guthrie does actually pitch rather well.
He does need to improve his strikeout rate, but if the bats can pick up when he's given the rock, Baltimore could make some noise.
ODDS: 1 in 60
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Chris George, 4.15 ERA, 30.1 innings, 17 strikeouts and a 2-2 record.
4. Brian Roberts, 2B
BATTING AVERAGE: .222
For teams looking to deal with Baltimore, Brian Roberts' low batting average is definitely a low selling point.
However, he's fourth on the team in hits and third in RBI, so there has been solid productivity.
Chances are the O's will keep him to mentor the younger infielders.
ODDS: 1 in 40
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Ryan Adams, .297 BA, two HRs, seven RBI and 41 hits.
3. Luke Scott: LF
BATTING AVERAGE: .234
Despite a low batting average, Luke Scott leads the Orioles in HRs and has the proven ability to drive baserunners home.
He's also third on the team with a .751 OPS.
ODDS: 1 in 30
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Nolan Reimold, .220 BA, four HRs, 18 RBI and 27 hits.
2. Mike Gonzalez, RP
Despite his dismal ERA, averaging around one strikeout per inning has allowed Mike Gonzalez to take some pressure off the defense.
His ERA obviously needs to improve. As a pro, you know he'll find a way to get it done.
As long as the strikeouts-per-inning ratio remains consistent, he could provide some insurance in a deal.
ODDS: 1 in 20
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Pat Egan, 2.78 ERA, 22.2 innings, 12 strikeouts and one win.
1. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
BATTING AVERAGE: .285
It was surprising to see him leave the Angels as well.
Therefore, don't be surprised if Vlad ends up elsewhere by midseason.
ODDS: 1 in 15
MINOR LEAGUE REPLACEMENT: Rhyne Hughes, .257 BA, four HRs, 16 RBI and 19 hits.