• Jul

    O's trade Uehara to Texas for Chris Davis, and Tommy Hunter

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Orioles have traded Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers for Chris Davis, and Tommy Hunter.

    Davis is a 25 year-old lefty hitting 1st baseman, who has had 42 homers in the Major Leagues.
    Hunter is a 25 year-old RHP that won a combined 22 games during the '09, and '10 seasons. Getting those two for a relief pitcher, even one as productive as Uehara, is a major coup for the O's.

    In '08, Davis had 42 XBH's in 295 ab's with the Rangers, posting a .880 OPS. In 391 ab's in '09, Davis had 38 XBH's (including 21 homers) as his OPS dropped to .726. (Slugging % fell from .549 to .442).

    Last year, Davis had just 120 ab's with the Rangers, and has had only 72 ab's with Texas here in 2011. However, Davis was absolutely on fire this year at AAA Round Rock. (193 ab's, 1.229 OPS, 39 xbh's, 24 homers, .368 baa) The only negative blemish on his time there is his 11 bb's vs. his 58 k's.

    In his Major League career, Davis has a career .681 OPS against LHP, and a .795 OPS against RHP.

    Hunter has appeared in 8 games for the Rangers since joining Texas in early July. He has not started a game this year, but has started 44 games in the Majors. He dealt with oblique and groin injuries earlier during the season.

    In '09, Hunter was 9-6, with 4.10 era. In 112 ip, he allowed 113 hits, 13 homers, 33 bb's, with 64 k's. His OPS against was .736, with a G/F ratio of 0.64. 

    In '10, Hunter was 13-4, with a 3.73 era. In 128 ip, he allowed 125 hits, 21 homers, 33 bb's, with 68 k's. His OPS against was .740, with a G/F ratio of 0.74.

    This year, at AAA Round Rock, he pitched in 8 games, starting 5. He was 2-2, with a 5.06 era. He pitched 26.2 ip, allowing 37 hits, 2 hr's, 3 bb's, with 16 k's.

    Baseball Prospectus noted yesterday that the Pirates have been interested in Derrek Lee. This trade for Davis could help that happen. The O's will probably have to build up Hunter's arm strength before he can join the rotation, but the odds have to be extremely high that he will start some games for Baltimore before this year ends.

    There is good value here for the O's, as both of these players have a chance to help.

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