Tuesday, June 22, 2010

O's trade for Jake Fox

Andy MacPhail continues to pick-up ex-Cubs players. Who's next, Jody Davis?

Print the playoff tickets! The Orioles traded for Jake Fox!

You might be asking yourself, "Who?".


Jake Fox is just another meaningless roster move in a meaningless season.

Actually, I like the move taken at face value. Fox, 27, was a stud in the minor leagues (.885 career MiL OPS) for the Cubs (now there's a shocker!) and had a decent 2009 season with 11 HR and a .779 OPS.

But so far in 2010, he has been Garrett Atkins, the sequel: .591 OPS, 2 HR. Here's to hoping he is able to find the success he had in the minors for the Orioles.

Anyway, getting Fox should signal the beginning of the end for Atkins. And that is enough to make me like the move. The Orioles DFA'ed Cla Meredith to make room on the 40-man roster for Fox, but Atkins shouldn't be too far behind Meredith. At least he shouldn't be. When Brad Bergesen is recalled from Norfolk later this week, hopefully it's Atkins who is finally shown the door. The last thing we need are 2 Garrett Atkinses on the same team.

Fox will take over 1B from Wigginton, who will move back to 2B. At least until Fox is DFA'ed himself or Wigginton is traded.

Oh, and the Orioles still haven't had a HR from their 1B in 2010. Maybe Fox will remedy that.

Or maybe not.

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