Baltimore Orioles stand pat at the deadline

The Baltimore Orioles in essence made no moves yesterday at the 4:00 PM EST trading deadline. They sent pitcher Dan Straily to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations. That’s considered a minor league move, so again nothing major. As I alluded, the Orioles pretty much stood pat.

There were multiple deals on the table involving multiple players, however the Birds neglected to take any of them. Which tells you that the return package wasn’t sufficient for Elias and company. Even teams in the Orioles’ situation aren’t going to just give players away. That isn’t how it works.

In the wake of their successful road trip, the O’s will tonight open up a four-game set at Camden Yards against Toronto. The Birds are yet to announce a starter, whereas Toronto will start Trent Thornton. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Anaheim comes to town amid more weather

The Baltimore Orioles open up a three-game set with Anaheim this weekend at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The weather is something that’s certainly in question for this weekend, much as it was during last weekend’s series with Tampa. There’s a possibility of thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow afternoon. I’ve also heard the term washout used regarding Sunday.

Last Sunday’s game was simple enough to reschedule because Tampa returns to Baltimore in July. Anaheim makes one visit to Camden Yards this year. If a game is rained out, would they consider making it up when the O’s head to the west coast in July? Basically playing an Orioles’ home game on the road? Not as if that’s never happened.

The series begins tonight at Camden Yards – weather permitting. Dan Straily gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Trevor Cahill. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles sign RHP Dan Straily

The Baltimore Orioles resume their season and their series with New York this evening after the “traditional” post-Opening Day off day. And they do so with a slightly different roster than what we’ve seen to this point. Late yesterday the Birds signed RHP Dan Straily to a major league deal.

Straily, 32, was released by Miami last week following spring training. He has a 4.23 ERA over seven big league seasons. Last year he went 5-6 with Miami, pitching to an ERA of 4.12. Infielder Drew Jackson was DFA’d to make room on the roster for Straily.

This isn’t an earth-shattering signing on the Orioles’ part. Straily won’t make any big headlines. However he will add a veteran presence to the rotation, which will help other pitchers along. Incidentally, his salary is also being paid by the Miami Marlins. So the O’s have that going for them.

What this does to the rotation remains to be seen. However many might look at the likes of Cobb, Cashner, and now Straily and wonder why the Orioles are shaping themselves such a veteran rotation for a young team. Keep in mind that if Cobb and/or Cashner do their jobs properly, they could both be dealt at the deadline this summer. If that happens, the Birds still have a veteran in the rotation.

The current series with New York will continue this evening from Camden Yards as the O’s try to get even. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s J.A. Happ. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.