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Orioles sign former first-round pick Brett Wallace

Mar 23, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have reached agreement on a minor league contract with first baseman Brett Wallace, who was given his release by the Astros earlier this month.

Wallace, a first-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, was the centerpiece of the July ’09 trade that sent Matt Holliday from Oakland to St. Louis. But he’s now 27 years old with a weak .242/.313/.391 batting line in 311 big league games.

Wallace will likely open 2014 at Triple-A Norfolk.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Whoa, this has to be underwhelming for O’s fans.

    • tuberippin - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:24 AM

      They said that same thing about the trade of Koji Uehara to Texas for Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. That move worked out pretty well.

      People also said that about signing a washed-up Nate McLouth to a deal to play OF, and that also worked out pretty well for Baltimore.

      • spudchukar - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Not sure I know who “they” are, but I would have never said that about McLouth, who is a pretty good ball player with a substantial track record.

  2. johnnyhamer - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    As an O’s fan I don’t hate this signing. He could be another Jayson Werth style late bloomer.

    • spudchukar - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      It is later than you think. He will be 28 later this summer, and he weighs 245 lbs. He has always been a sub-standard defender, who cannot run. He has been in organized Baseball since 2008. This is his 5th Big League team. And has sported a .704 OPS, for a corner infielder over 4 seasons, which is awful.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Also, keep in mind Werth was battling injuries earlier in his career. He did bat .262/.338/.486 with a 115 OPS+ in 89 games in 2004.

  3. sonsoflombardi - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Spudchukar, I don’t think fans of any team get overwhelmed OR underwhelmed at the announcement of a minor league contract. It is what it is– a chance to create depth at the AAA level and a possibility to unearth a potential bench player at the MLB-level. If it doesn’t work out it’s not costing them anything substantial.

  4. happytwinsfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    wow, another recent first rounder, during what would be the prime years of his playing career, barely hanging on, and this one chosen by the fabled cardinal organization. this playing baseball thing at a major league level must be really hard, and even harder to predict.

  5. nsstlfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Yeah happytwinsfan it probably is. Why don’t you try it.

  6. rg3and13 - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Lots of tools on this site.

  7. danwilliamsmlb - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Norfolkin way!

  8. beachnbaseball - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    C’mon, people. He was cut by the friggin’ Astros! That has to tell you something.

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