Monday, January 19, 2009
O's trade Bierd for David Pauley
Well, at least you can’t accuse Andy MacPhail of working slow anymore. He capped off a busy weekend in which he traded SP Garrett Olson for OF Felix Pie and neared a deal to extend Nick Markakis by trading relief pitcher Randor Bierd to the Red Sox for SP David Pauley.
To most fans, this trade means little. Hell, most fans probably didn’t even know Bierd was an Oriole in 2008. But he was. And the deal actually has some major implications to the Orioles since Pauley is out of options and will likely be a shoe-in for the 2009 starting rotation.
His MiL numbers are pretty impressive. 3.92 career ERA, 749 K’s to 299 BB’s so at least he throws strikes. And in 2008 he went 14-4 with a 3.55 ERA for AAA Pawtucket. In 2 short stints with the Red Sox he was shelled to the tune of a 9.53 ERA in 5 starts and 28 total innings. The right-handed Pauley is a sinker-baller, but allows more HR’s than he should, and those numbers could continue to increase drastically in Camden Yards.
On the surface, Pauley replaces Garrett Olson. Both are about the same age with similar success in the minors, and little to no MLB success to speak of. Both are likely to be back-end rotation starters.
And only in Baltimore would Pauley be handed a job in the starting rotation. But, the O's need pitching and Pauley is a pitcher while Bierd didn't factor into the club's 2009 plans, so I have no complaints.