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Fred Lewis: A Story of How the Orioles Stay Mediocre

At the end of May, the Toronto Blue Jays finalized their acquisition of Fred Lewis from the San Francisco Giants.  They got him for $75,000

The Jays acquired Lewis on April 16th, the same day the O's put Pie on the DL.  Since joining the Jays, Lewis has hit .310/.344/.518 with 19 doubles and four home runs.  Fangraphs puts his value at $3.2 million to date.

That same day, the Orioles promoted Lou Montanez, and signed Corey Patterson to a minor league deal.

Surely, no one expected Lewis to be as good as he has been for the Blue Jays, although it was clear he was better than Patterson on Lou would be.  He's youngish at 29 and has years of team control remaining.  And he was baseball's equivalent of free.

Instead, we went with two guys who have none of Lewis' upside nor his future years under team control.

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