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O's Trade Penn to Marlins

Earlier we asked what was next for flamed out pitcher Hayden Penn, the Orioles answered pretty quickly by trading the 24-year-old to the Florida Marlins for utility infielder Robert Andino.

Andino, who is also out of options, slots in as the team's backup shortstop as Andy MacPhail said in his press conference today that the club wasn't thrilled with its backup prospects (Ryan Freel, Jolbert Cabrera and Chris Gomez who will now be outright released).

"We're too thin in the middle infield in terms of who can play defense there,'' MacPhail said. "We really weren't comfortable with backup shortstops. We know Cesar, like any shortstop, is going to need a couple of days off. I think he played in 130 games last year. You need somebody for those other 30 games."

With this move the Orioles also have answered the question about how many pitchers they would carry to start the season as it looks like 12 instead of 13 will travel with the team up North.

Andino has two home runs, 12 RBI and a .201 average in four seasons where he has seen limited action in Florida. Selected in the second round of the 2002 draft, Andino was supposed to be the Marlins' shortstop of the future. That was until the team received Hanley Ramirez in the trade that sent Josh Beckett to Boston following the 2005 season.

Penn, who despite past issues of immaturity has handled his rough spring reasonably well, admitted that he was shocked by the move but has accepted it.

"Somebody wants me and I'm excited to go over there and pitch. I've had a good time here, made a lot of good friends over the years. I look forward to a new start. I really do. I think it'll be good for me. I'm excited somebody wants me and traded for me and hopefully I'll get that opportunity and pitch well."

By CJ Holley  |  April 1, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Marlins , Orioles  
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So Freel, Gomez and Cabrera (i only cared about freel and gomez) were outright cut? What about their position flexibility. I would have loved Freel as the super-utility guy. (so we got nothing in return to get Hernandez off our books?). What about Wigginton - cant he play SS too? Glad we got something for Penn, but it's a head scrathcer to me. IMO, the trade just cleared up the OF and bench glut.

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | April 1, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm a bit shocked that Freel is gone, but perhaps Wigginton and Pie made his position flexibility less significant. The one spot he coudl not play was SS. Gomez is more a disappointment than a surprise. He was a quality infield back up for the Os for several years. I'd expect both to find homes in the majors, if not through a waiver claim then after a month or two in the minors.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | April 1, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Freel isn't gone; the only one to get cut is Gomez. The O's will try to move Cabrera to Triple-A.

Posted by: mkremnitzer0 | April 1, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Orioles Journal.

Posted by: andreekless | April 1, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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