Sir Sidney Traded

The Baltimore Orioles, the regions “other” baseball team, have just agreed to trade their staff ace, Sidney Ponson to San Diego in exchange for First Baseman Phil Nevin. If I remember correctly, Nevin could also play third base. Unless he will be the Designated hitter, then he will have to earn his at-bats from All-Star Melvin Mora or future Hall of Famer Rafael Palmeiro, who just last week made his 3,000th hit.

The Orioles don’t need more offense, they need an upgrade in Centerfield and a deeper pitching staff. Speculation is that Nevin will be traded again for a pitcher, perhaps Jeff Weaver of the LA Dodgers. Nevin says that he wants to play on the West Coast, and by going through Baltimore, the Padres can claim that they didn’t just hand him over to a division rival.

The Orioles got to dump a pitcher who was underachieving this year and allows them to pursue the arms they need to stay in the race with the Yankees and Red Sox for the AL East title.

This is the second time that the Orioles have sent Ponson to the NL West. Two years ago, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants for pitchers Kurt AInsworth, Damian Moss and Ryan Hannaman. Only Ainsworth remains on Baltimores roster.

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