Well, this week, the Orioles decided to put pitcher Radhames Liz on waivers and the San Diego Padres picked him up. It's safe to assume that Liz was no longer going to be in the Orioles plans for the future as once the young arms -- mainly, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman -- emerged, he was an after thought. I'm not sure if Liz is a 4A pitcher, but he's got good stuff in his arsenal and while he performed in the minors, he could not hack when given the chance with Baltimore.I wish him luck with the San Diego organization. Right now, I don't envision him as a starter, but as a a potential reliever.
- The O's signed former Washington Nationals reliever Mike Hinckley. He's a lefty and another body, but when I saw him on the mound in 2009, he was bad -- very bad.
- A few former Orioles are up for Hall of Fame bids and they include Harold Baines, David Segui (yeah, right), Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Pat Hentgen and Roberto Alomar. Of the names listed, Alomar is obviously a no-brainer, while Raines has a decent a shot for a bid. Harold Baines was one hell of a hitter and a nice guy; however, he being a designated hitter for much of his career really hurts his chances of getting in.
- Aside from former the former Orioles who are up for Hall of Fame bids, other prominent names include Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Mark McGwire, Dale Murphy, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Dave Parker, Fred McGriff, Andres Galarraga, Barry Larkin and Don Mattingly. I say that Blyleven has a great shot of getting a bid this year, as well as Dawson and Larkin.
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