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Orioles looking for back-up catcher; listening to offers on Troy Patton

May 10, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the Orioles are actively listening to offers on left-handed reliever Troy Patton. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are also aggressively pursuing a back-up catcher.

Matt Wieters has been dealing with an elbow issue and figures to continue serving as the team’s DH as long as that issue takes to clear up. Steve Clevenger and Caleb Joseph have split the time behind the dish but the Orioles would like a more reliable back-up in the mix.

Patton, 28, has posted a 3.05 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 34 walks in 144 2/3 innings since joining the Orioles’ bullpen in 2010.

  1. calicokiller49 - May 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Hundley. Straight up.

  2. jacobk621 - May 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    How about trading Tommie Hunter ,, he stinks as the closer ,, O’s won’t get far in the postseason if he remains the closer !!

  3. drewy44 - May 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    With Ellis coming back the Dodgers would have Butera, FedX, and Olivo. I could see any one of those three get traded for another arm.

    • jerze2387 - May 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      I doubt they give up fedx, and the other 2 are really no better than the FA options available. I’d rather see the orioles dig up Ramon Castro, wherever he is.

      I’m thinking the Yankees match up good, maybe the angels with iannetta, if Minnesota wants to free up time behind te plate for pinto they could deal Suzuki, maybe one of the mariners catchers, nationals with Ramos back, pirates, padres.

      and doubtful but if they could pry Pacheco from Colorado that’s be perfect. Then when writers could catch again, he’s good insurance for anywhere in the infield.

  4. husky2score - May 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    @jacobk621 you know he’s tied for first in the AL in saves right?

  5. wilmyers09 - May 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    jacobk621 he is one of the best closers in baseball right now shows how much u follow baseball

  6. cjmcbragg - May 11, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Hunter is “the best” for now. He’s teetering on disaster and its only a matter of time before the O’s find themselves in the Jim “ninth inning nightmare” Johnson deja vu from last year.

  7. timsizzle83 - May 11, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    He has the saves but has had to work out of self inflicted jams to get them. Nothing like coming in for the save and giving up a lead of double followed by a walk. He’s had tons of risp so far. He can’t get worse though.

    • beachnbaseball - May 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Has he recorded a 1-2-3 inning yet? It seems every appearance turns into a nail-biter.

  8. watermelon1 - May 11, 2014 at 4:34 AM

    IVAN RODRIGUEZ!

  9. freerayray52 - May 11, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Orioles are happy with Clevenger.

  10. jacobk621 - May 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    @wilmeyers09 /@husky2score ,,, hey dudes I follow enough baseball to know that this Hunter closer thing will blow up on them come Sept , Oct ,, he constantly plays with danger every time he’s out there ,, don’t care if he’s leading the league in saves or stats ,, wrote your names down cause when they get eliminated cause of his inability to close games down the stretch I’m surely gonna remind you two who must not be watching his games he closes ,, he flirts with disaster way too much ,, it will and gonna catch up sooner or later ,,,

  11. cjmcbragg - May 11, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    @jacob*, I’d be shocked if this show lasts until Sep. Shocked. My money is on – shortly after the break.

  12. fomeols - May 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Why not just call up Monell?
    He may not be a fabulous Catcher, but surely he would be better than anybody from someone else’s system in an equivalent spot.

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