O’s Trade For A Young Arm; Designate Catcher Pena For Assignment

Sports and Bets — February 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm by

 

 

While this move may not jump out as a big one, it is a nice little trade that Dan Duquette pulled off to add bullpen/starting pitching depth, while giving up nothing. Ynoa had a career 3.36 ERA in the minors, while starting 128 out of his career 136 games. He was unsuccessful after making his major league debut with the Mets last year, posting a 6.38 ERA in his 10 appearances.

But what’s jumping out to O’s fans is that catcher Francisco Pena was DFA’d. Matt Wieters remains unsigned, and is looking for a job just days before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. I think Wieters would be crazy to accept a back up role, given that he’d hit free agency again next year after likely playing only a couple games a week this season, and would have even less bargaining power next offseason than he did this one. And even if he accepted a back up role, Wieters would be an expensive back up, and one the O’s probably wouldn’t shell out any money for, even on a one year deal.

It’s very unlikely the Pena DFA move means anything about Wieters, because the move kind of made sense anyway given that the team wasn’t going to carry three catchers, and Pena was out of options, but maybe, just maybe, there’s a little more to it.

 

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