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Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where the hot stove is tepid

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Bundy is on the block, Bleier has quotes and Flaherty is in San Diego!

Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Good morning, Birdland!

So far this offseason, the Orioles have done close-to-nothing. But that’s OK because most of the other teams have also done nothing. A few lower profile free agents have signed contracts. Minor leaguers have been added to the 40-man rosters. Coaches have been signed. But everything else is just rumors.

The latest rumor is that Dylan Bundy is on the trading block, per Ken Rosenthal. That’s not terribly exciting though. Bundy has probably been on the trading block for the last year. What could the Orioles possibly expect to receive in exchange for his services?

Bundy is a league average pitcher (4.79 ERA, 99 ERA+, 4.73 FIP in 2019). That’s boring. But he does have two full years of team control remaining. That’s exciting! Even still, it doesn’t rise to the O’s getting anything too great in a trade.

Things will likely continue to be slow as clubs get a mini break during Thanksgiving. But that could make for a hectic few weeks leading up the holidays in late December. One can only hope!

Links

More from Bleier on leadership and his struggles - School of Roch
Richard Bleier seems like a really nice guy, and he is certainly one of the bigger personalities on the Orioles. It would be cool to see if he can rebound from what was an atrocious 2019 to be the pitcher we saw from 2017 to 2018.

Looking at a few more free agent pitchers - Steve Melewski
The Orioles are going to a sign a pitcher or two prior to the start of the season. But it might end up being somewhere that very few of us have every even heard of. Why? Well, well even if a pitcher is looking for a one-year “show me” deal he may be better off looking elsewhere. The Orioles do not have a great defense and they play in a division full of good offenses and tough pitcher’s parks. They could be setting themselves up to fail.

Team Open To Trading Dylan Bundy - Birds Watcher
No player on this Orioles team is untouchable. Dylan Bundy is penciled in as one of their starters, but let’s be honest. He is never going to be the type of pitcher here in Baltimore that the organization expected when he was drafted. Let him go elsewhere and try to figure it out. Sure, it would hurt to see happen, but it’s better than watching a talent like his just be painfully mediocre.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday! A whole bunch of former Orioles are also celebrating today.

Brandon Snyder, the O’s first-round pick in 2005, turns 33 today. Snyder only played in 16 MLB games between 2010 and 2011 for the team that drafted him. He is currently a free agent.

The orange-bearded wonder Justin Turner celebrates his 35th birthday. Yes, he was briefly an Oriole, appearing in 17 games between 2009 and 2010. Of course, he has since gone on to be one of the more valuable third basemen in the entire league as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Adam Eaton, the pitcher not the outfielder, is 42. He spent eight games with the O’s in 2009, allowing 39 runs in 41 innings of work.

Outfielder Ryan McGuire, who played in 17 games for the 2002 Orioles and went 2-for-26 in the process, is 48 years old today.

The late Todd Cruz (b. 1952, d. 2008) was born on this day. He was a journeyman for six years, finishing up his career with two season in Baltimore (1983 & ‘84). Cruz served as a defense-first option at the hot corner for the O’s ‘83 World Series team.

Finally, it is the birthday of John Anderson (b. 1929, d. 1998), a right-handed pitcher that appeared in four games for the 1960 Orioles.

November 23 has been a slow day in Orioles history otherwise, according to Baseball Reference. Maybe that will change today! Until that happens, here are some non-baseball things have happened on this date:

1889 - The first jukebox goes into real world use at a saloon in San Francisco.

1992 - IBM introduces the world’s first smartphone, and they call it Simon.

2015 - The first rocket to successfully fly to space and then return to earth and make a controlled vertical landing completes its mission.