|Bricks from the Warehouse|
The Orioles give up: 33 year old Mike Bordick, who needs no introduction. Peter Gammons reports that the Mets would like to re-sign him long term, which would make us happy beyond belief. Not because Mike Bordick is terrible, but because he is one of the symbols of this franchise's woes: a fascination with mid-30s veterans.
The Orioles get:
1995 22 in Rookie Ball, he hit 353/452/477 1996 23 in low-A, he hit 303/394/475 1997 24 in AA, he hit 385/455/588 (!) Oddly, this failed to earn him even a major league cup of coffee. He was playing for the screwed up Brewers franchise, which might have something to do with it. 1998 25 in AAA, he hit 300/372/457 1999 26 in AAA, he hit 308/359/452 This year, he's tearing up AA (366/429/713). He wasn't demoted; he was sent there to learn catching. He's played mostly third in his career.
W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WP AVG 5- 8 4.24 19 18 0 0 0 93.1 85 53 44 10 7 61 86 8 .246 He's always had very good strikeout rates -- this is the *worst* rate of his career, and his control has suffered some.
W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WP AVG 2- 2 1.93 30 0 0 0 15 37.1 24 10 8 1 1 28 54 9 .182 He's also always had very good strikeout rates, but has had lousy control and gives up a lot of hits.
Clearly, this was not a blockbuster deal, which makes it look even more
strongly as if they intend this to be a rental and they intend to re-sign
Bordick. A good deal, though, whether they do get him back or not. He was
having a very good year, but that was not sufficient for the Orioles to contend,
and there's nothing less valuable than a good year from a 34 year old player on a
team 10 games below .500. If they do re-sign him, they have picked up some
useful bench players and a Grade B pitching prospect for nothing. If they do not
re-sign him, they have given up an old player having a career year, nothing more.
The Orioles are not likely to contend until 2002 at the earliest, and Mike
Bordick is not likely to be a good player at that point. Moreover, letting him
go frees up the Orioles to go after free agent Alex Rodriguez this offseason,
without having it being seen as an insult to their incumbent shortstop.