Orioles Notes: Hammel, Trumbo, Bautista

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Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette has been a very busy man lately. 

He made a trade on Friday to send pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Seth Smith. Smith, 34, has been a serviceable outfielder throughout the course of his career and has gotten on base very well. Although this move was made, it isn’t over for Duquette and the Orioles’ offseason.

Duquette joined the MLB Network Radio show on Sirius 209 XM 89 to discuss the signings and trades that they have made this offseason. To say the least, things got interesting:

Jason Hammel was an Oriole from the 2012-2013 seasons, where he pitched to a 15-14 record and a 4.27 ERA. Hammel, 34, was plagued by injuries during his second year in Baltimore. He would go onto the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and pitch to a 2.98 ERA in 17 games. He would later be traded to the Oakland Athletics and pitched to a 4.26 ERA.

After becoming a free agent once more, he returned to the Cubs and pitched to a 3.79 ERA over his last two seasons with the team. Now with his return to the open market, the Orioles have to be taking a sturdy look at him. Baltimore ranked 19th in team ERA in 2016 (4.22). Adding Hammel could give that statistic a boost.

As for Mark Trumbo, it appears that his time in Baltimore has come to a close. In one season with the Orioles, Trumbo, 30, batted .256/.316/.533 drove in 108 runs and smacked a league-high 47 homers. Duquette cited wanting a draft pick instead of signing Trumbo because the Orioles qualifying offer to him. If he goes to another team, the Orioles receive an additional first-round draft pick.

The Orioles farm system was ranked 27th by Jeff Sickels of SB Nation’s Minor League Ball. He considered the O’s system to not be “totally empty but is well behind the rest of the division.”

With the addition of Smith, the Orioles have upgraded the defense in the outfield over Trumbo. Duquette also spoke on wanting another defensive outfielder as well:

Finally, Duquette clarified his previously made comments about not wanting to add outfielder Jose Bautista to the Orioles:

Duquette had this to say about Bautista back in December:

“Jose Bautista’s agent’s been knocking on the Orioles’ door for a while,” Duquette said. “I told him, ‘Look our fans don’t really like Jose Bautista,’ and they don’t.

“Not to mention he has a qualifying offer attached to him, and I just made a comment in that we weren’t going to be pursuing their client. It’s true, the guy’s a villain in Baltimore.”

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Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

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