The Baltimore Orioles traded cash considerations to the New York Mets yesterday in exchange for minor league pitcher, Gabriel Ynoa. In a bit of a surprise move, they then DFA’d catcher Francisco Pena. I say a surprise move, because the Orioles liked Pena and he was in the big leagues for some time last year. But “them’s the breaks.”
The Birds are expecting Ynoa to begin the year in triple-A, which means that at some point we may see him in Baltimore. For what it’s worth, the big league clock has started on him, as he played in ten games with the Mets last year. His record was 1-0.
The O’s think that Ynoa could be a starter in the big leagues on a consistent basis. Some will scowl at that a bit, however keep in mind that Dan Duquette is very good about getting these diamond in the rough players. Speaking of which, Duquette had this to say about the Orioles’ new acquisition (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
He’s young, he’s strong, he’s durable. The kid won 13 games last year. Pitching in Las Vegas, that’s a tough ballpark to pitch in, but he was one of the top pitchers in the Pacific Coast League. He has a good sinker, a four-seam fastball that reaches 95 mph and a good changeup.
Our scouts think he’ll be able to develop into a big league pitcher with a little more consistent breaking ball. He’s got pretty good credentials for a major league starting pitcher.”
Just another story as we wind down the off season – or the non-baseball part of it at least.