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Orioles sign former top-10 pick Matt LaPorta

Feb 7, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Former first-round pick Matt LaPorta, whose career was derailed by multiple injuries, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles.

Baltimore previously signed Delmon Young to a minor-league deal and they’re similar enough as right-handed bats and defensively challenged corner outfielders/first basemen that it could end up being a competition for one bench spot.

LaPorta was the seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft out of the University of Florida and was billed as being close to MLB ready, but he’s hit just .238 with 31 homers and a .694 OPS in 291 career games. Once a top-30 prospect on Baseball America‘s list in back-to-back years, he mostly struggled at Triple-A last season as a 28-year-old.

  1. coryfor3 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    A guy would could probably benefit from a change of scenery. Worth taking a flyer on him. I suppose some of these guys panning out is what a team like the Orioles needs in order to be successful in their division.

  2. whowantstosexmutombo - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    championship

    • whowantstosexmutombo - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      I apologize, that was harsh. Now going into my 7th year of being a partial season ticket holder my patience is thin. It’s not like this current market has a bunch of marquee names left. Frankly, I would go to the games anyway. Not having any beer or bathroom lines is nice.

      • thebirdsareback - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        I said something similar last season as i waited for an hour to pee. i almost missed the days where you could pay for section 322 and never even climb the steps. Just sit by the first base line and start cheering. Although i especially enjoy the roar of the crowd @ Camden yards when its packed up with Birds fans

  3. tcostant - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    That is why deals for “prospects” are so hard to predict. If I remember right, this was the gut the the Indians, had to have in order to trade CC to the Brewers. Lesson Learned.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      That would be correct on he was the Brewers big guy the Indians were getting in return. At the time everyone was calling him a can’t miss guy and was thought to be untouchable to the Brewers brass. Obviously both have turned out to be false.

    • largebill - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      I hope the lesson wasn’t learned too well. Sure, LaPorta’s hip went bad and he never panned out for the Indians, but it actually was a good haul at the time and I hope they don’t shy away from bold deals just because one guy got hurt. We still have Michael Brantley from that deal and he is developing into a very good major league player. If you have a player approaching free agency and another team offers you two or three top prospects you have to consider it even while accepting that prospects are not sure things.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        I don’t think it will scare the Indians or any small market team from making those trades. When you have a guy you know you are going to lose you have to try and get something in return. Ya just really hope the guys you get pan out. This time it didn’t.

  4. beachnbaseball - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Duquette says he wants to wait on FAs and let the market percolate. Someone needs to tell him that if it “percolates” any more it will be totally evaporated. He’s let down an entire deserving fan base with his lack of moves to push the Orioles to the next level.

    • rockthered1286 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Duqueete is just the puppet to the ventriloquist that is Peter Angelos. He’s giving a corporate response to an owner who thinks FA’s are valued at the same numbers as they were when he bought the Orioles. Couple that with his fear of big FA signings due to the Albert Belle debacle and you have the perfect recipe for an owner who has no business being in baseball.

      But I agree- the fanbase as a whole has had that same damn carrot dangled in front of them for way too long, and it’s stopped tempting the fans and is starting to just piss everyone off at this point.

  5. yahmule - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Somebody show this guy the door.

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