Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Birdland. Are the O’s wearing green again? They usually have green uniforms for today’s Spring Training game, but I haven’t seen anything about that yet this year. The game isn’t on today either, so I guess we’ll just have to keep an eye out for pictures of the action.
What’s up in the Bird O’sphere today? Let’s dig in…
FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron tries to make sense of the O’s OF situation, and thinks that the team might actually be trying to trade Hyun-soo Kim. I’m gonna go ahead and say that Dave is overthinking things here. Dongs and cheap depth are the name of the game in Dan Duquette’s book.
As Baltimore Baseball’s Dan Connolly reports, Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander is getting his elbow examined down in Sarasota. Ah yes, the O’s annual manipulations to try to keep Rule 5 guys around are kicking up in earnest.
Adam Jones was the hero the other night as the USA came back to beat Venezuela, and tonight Cap10 America’s squad takes on one of the tourney’s only remaining undefeated teams, Puerto Rico. PR beat the DR the other night, so they’re certainly quite the test for Team USA. A win would advance the Americans to the Championship round.
On Wednesday, we linked to a story at FanGraphs where Jeff Sullivan talked about this, noting that Adam Jones might be a better defender than we realized. Today at Camden Depot, Matt Perez digs deeper into the O’s catch probability numbers, with some optimistic news for both Joey Rickard and Hyun-soo Kim.
I forgot to link to this week’s BEV show, which is inexcusable on my part. Go over there and let Jake and Scott massage your earholes, if you haven’t already.
Happy weekend, Birdland. Go USA and let’s hope for some more exciting NCAA finishes today.