Thursday, February 5, 2009

Birds of a feather flock together


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Last year it was the Cardinals, and this season the Blue Jays nest is picking up the remnants of many fallen Baltimore Orioles.

First off, MLBTR reports that Kevin Millar is close to signing a minor league deal with Jays. We touched on the possibility of signing Kevin Millar on Tuesday’s Live Chat. The consensus is that Millar would be a cheaper replacement than Jose Bautista, but Bautista can play more positions in the infield. Millar’s god-awful .234 average sticks out like a sore thumb, but he did hit 20 HR and 70 RBI’s though. Maybe there’s a possibility that he turns into the Jays DH?

Secondly, former Oriole Brian Burres was picked up off of waivers. Add Burres to the pile of reclaim projects that will be fighting for that coveted fifth starting rotation spot, and maybe a place in the bullpen.

Apparently Adam Loewen is doing well down in Dunedin with fellow canucks Justin Morneau and Russell Martin. The Dodgers catchers said "I know what he can do. I've seen him. We played together on the national junior teams and stuff, and he's a natural pure hitter." Don’t expect Loewen to make it up to the big show any time soon, he’ll probably be down in the minors for the next couple years. But this is a talented young player we should all keep our eyes on.

It looks like John Parrish will be staying in the AL East after all, but he won’t be going far. After the Detroit Tigers kicked the tires on Parrish, the Baltimore Orioles signed him to a minor league deal. Parrish is a great pitcher who can eat up innings, so I’m not sure why the Blue Jays just didn’t resign him. Maybe they just weren’t too crazy about adding a 31 year old arm to the bullpen.

Finally, I’m still waiting for the Orioles to complete this massive swap of personnel by picking up BJ Birdy and “Ice Cold” Wayne McMahon.


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