O's Trade Salazar for Meredith
The Orioles made the first of what could be multiple trades by shipping off infielder Oscar Salazar to the San Diego Padres for reliever Cla Meredith.
Salazar was simply the victim of a roster crunch, as the team really had no place to put the hard-hitting, light-fielding 31-year-old. Couple that with the fact that he was out of options and the move seemed almost inevitable.
Some may argue that Felix Pie should have been the Baltimore player bundled in a trade but due to his age (24), the fact that he is also out of options and that he can be a serviceable backup at each of the outfield positions, Pie will stick on the roster.
Meredith, whose real name is Olise C. Meredith III, is a 26-year-old Richmond, Va. native that is playing in his fifth year as a major leaguer. A submariner, Meredith will serve as a reliever and despite having one more option remaining, is expected to remain on the major league roster.
Described as a "poor man's Chad Bradford" by Baltimore General Manager Andy MacPhail, Meredith has a 3.49 career ERA and had his best season in 2006 when he pitched 28 consecutive scoreless innings.
This year, Meredith is 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA having allowed 19 total runs this year in 36 2/3 innings with the Padres. The Orioles are hoping that his ability to induce ground balls (he's only allowed one homer this season) will be beneficial to the team in the humid, home-run-hitting months of the season.
While Meredith may not be a top-tier trade chip, the Orioles were over a barrel in dealing Salazar, he was out of options, aging and had no position to play in Baltimore but the team was still able to get a major league reliever in return. The team hopes Meredith's submarine style will keep AL hitters at bay but in 22 career interleague appearances, he has a 5.25 ERA, having allowed 15 runs and three homers in 24 innings.
On the plus side, this is still better than trading for a 36-year-old Jason Grimsley back in 2004 who was equal parts old and ineffective and may or may not have contributed to a PED problem in the Baltimore clubhouse. So Meredith has that going for him, which is nice.
Also, this is a bit of a unique move for Baltimore. In recent years deals made at the trade deadline were done to dump salary, not actually acquire players that can contribute now, perhaps this is another indication the franchise is actually on the right track.
Now that the Orioles have made one move, do you expect any other players to soon be sent packing? Danys Baez? Aubrey Huff? George Sherrill?
July 20, 2009; 1:28 PM ET
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