An Orioles “Remember When…”
Remember when the Orioles were this close to acquiring A.J. Burnett? Friend/reader/occasional commenter sci does, and he checked in with the specifics.
The O’s were poised to send Larry Bigbie, Jorge Julio, Steve Reed, Steve Kline, and Hayden Penn to the
Red Sox Marlins in exchange for Burnett and Mike Lowell. The deal fell through when Peter Angelos balked at taking on the remainder of Lowell’s contract.
Which is funny because, as sci remarked in his email, “This trade would have been good just for Lowell alone.”
On the one hand, this serves as further proof that the Orioles are in a much better spot today than they were a few years ago. There’s a flip side, though, and it’s that prospects are just that. Sometimes it’s right to make the deal even if it looks like you’re giving up a lot.
That picture, by the way, is Steve Reed. Thinking about him got me thinking about Keith Reed — remember him? He was part of our “outfield of the future” for awhile. Yeah…things are better now.