Every GM has one of those nights. You know, the night that every one of your moves don’t look so good.
Well last night Dan Duquette had one of those nights.
Let’s start with last night’s game in Seattle where Seattle starter Joe Saunders, who started a playoff game for the Orioles last year, tossed a complete game win against the Orioles. Duquette let Saunders go this off season when Saunders reportedly wanted a multi-year deal while Duquette still wanted to give the cavalry (Arrieta, Matusz, and Britton) one more chance to stake claim to a rotation spot. Arrieta has already been optioned back to Norfolk, Matusz is in the pen, and to add insult to injury, Britton was called up and allowed six runs in six innings of work last night in his 2013 major league debut.
Saunders ended up signing a one-year deal with Seattle for $6.5 million and although has been brutal outside of Safeco Field, he showed last night that he still can save a bullpen once in a while, which was something he did pretty well for the Orioles last year . I’m not saying letting go Saunders was a terrible idea, especially considering that Duquette needs to find out once and for all what he has in the cavalry, but for one night at least, Duquette came out on the losing end.
Heck, even Robert Andino, who came into the game below the Mendoza line, collected an RBI single last night.
Over in Cleveland, Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a RBI to help the Indians to a 9-0 win. Reynolds is batting .291 with seven home runs and a .983 OPS with Cleveland. Duquette felt Reynolds was expendable with Nolan Reimold and Wilson Betemit able to replace his offense. Betemit is on the disabled list and Reimold is batting .211 with a .671 OPS so far this season.
To add insult to injury, left-handed pitching prospect Chris Jones, who was acquired for Luis Ayala earlier this month, allowed three runs in an inning and a third in his Orioles organization AAA debut last night.
This doesn’t mean all of Duqette’s moves this offseason have back fired, it just means for one night, Duquette had a real, real bad night.
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