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Why wouldn’t the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie?

Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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It seems like Orioles’ starter Jeremy Guthrie has been a named candidate for a midseason trade since sometime during the Nixon administration. And he fits the bill: a good starter but no ace, playing for a team that isn’t going anywhere and not yet expensive.  Heck, a lot of teams would like to have someone like that.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun does not think Guthrie will be traded, however. It’s just a little tidbit buried in his notes column this morning, but it’s Zrebiec’s view that the O’s will keep him, either until this winter or maybe even until next season’s trading deadline.

Zrebiec’s take on the state of the O’s is almost always a good one and a smart one. I wish he’d explain this a bit more here, however, because I don’t quite get why Baltimore wouldn’t shop him (of if he has explained so in the past and I have just missed it, I’d ask that someone point me to his reasoning).  Because Guthrie is the archetypal midseason trade bait, no?

  1. Mark - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Probably has a lot to do with the fact they wouldn’t get much in return for him, because he’s not very good. He’s a back end starter. Pitches to contact because he doesn’t K a lot, has a brutal GB% which means he gives up a ton of HR’s. Maybe he gets by in a big park, but the guy isn’t someone I would want pitching in a playoff game.

    Since 2008 he ranks 54 out of 72 qualifying SP’s in ERA, and I doubt he’d fair much better with FIP or WAR. He’s probably more valuable eating innings to Baltimore than the C prospect they’d get in return.

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