The Baltimore Orioles have made a trade, and have acquired LHP Vidal Nuno from the Los Angeles Dodgers. In exchange, the Birds sent minor league pitcher Ryan Moseley back to Los Angeles. To make room for Nuno on the 40-man roster, the O’s were forced to designate reliever T.J. McFarland for assignment.
Nuno, 29, will be with his fifth organization in 3-4 years now coming to the Orioles. He’s 5-20 for his career with a 4.02 ERA and a WHIP of 1.260. The Orioles made the trade because they wanted Nuno as a left-handed specialist in the bullpen. Lefty hitters have hit .224 against him across his career, and he’s under team control through 2019.
This is an interesting move for a team who already has a strong bullpen. The O’s obviously feel that they’re stronger with Nuno than they would have been without him. They also lose McFarland, who’s now off the roster and out of the organization.
However I suspect that we’ll see McFarland back in Birdland in some form. The Orioles were very big on him across several years, and in effect he was out of options and had to be DFA’d. But I suspect that the Orioles gauged interest in McFarland across the league, and their impression is that they can get him through waivers. If so, he could either accept a minor league assignment or become a free agent.
But all we know now is that Vidal Nuno is an Oriole, and is going to be on his way to Sarasota shortly. After all, there are games to be played as early as Friday afternoon.