Orioles’ Trash Find National League Success
Perhaps it’s just my Baltimore bias but it’s always seemed like the Yankees could pick up any fading, aging star, plug him into the lineup, and watch him have a career resurgence. For every big money free-agent flop that’s floundered in the Bronx there’s a David Justice, Bobby Abreu, Alfonso Soriano, or Cecil Fielder. In recent years leaving Baltimore’s had a similar effect on careers, as the Orioles’ trash has become National League treasure.
The O’s shipped a pair of confounding pitchers to the Cubs last summer for Scott Feldman. Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop had the stuff to be big league standouts but their inconsistency left fans wanting to bang their heads together. After posting a 7.25 ERA for the Orioles last season, Strop pitched to a 2.83 ERA in 37 games for the Cubs. Strop got off to a fast start for Chicago this season but succumbed to a groin strain in early May. The recently activated right-hander figures to return to a setup role for newly appointed Cubs’ closer Hector Rondon.