Sunday, May 10, 2009

Freel Departs From Baltimore Unnoticed

The Orioles apparently traded Ryan Freel to the Cubs for Joey Gathright, with each team paying the salary of the guy they were sending away (so unfortunately the O's didn't shed any payroll). Gathright is a career .262/.327/.303 hitter, but can at least go get 'em in the outfield. The deal at least frees the O's the headache that Freel seemed to be becoming, having complained of little playing time already. And it brings in a guy whose best skill isn't used on the baseball field:

As useless players go, I guess Slappy Joe (as he was nicknamed by Royals fans for his 38 extra-base hits in 1,311 career plate appearances) is OK.

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