If you’ve been keeping those fingers crossed that catcher Robby Hammock would re-sign with the Orioles, he signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. Says so right here in Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions.
Hammock will dress in the same spring training clubhouse as Melvin Mora and Jay Payton.
Also, catcher Gustavo Molina, who appeared in seven games with the Orioles in 2007, signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox.
Best of luck to Kevin Millar as he tries to stick with the Chicago Cubs after agreeing to a minor league deal (according to ESPN). I’ve learned never to count out Millar, who will vie for a backup role.
When I asked president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail whether the Orioles had narrowed their bullpen targets to Will Ohman and Hisanori Takahashi, he noted that their interest wasn’t confined to left-handers. They’ve apparently floated at least one minor league offer to a right-hander.
Here’s the list of remaining major league free agent right-handed relievers, courtesy of mlbtraderumors:
Joaquin Benoit (32)
Chad Bradford (35)
Kiko Calero (35)
Eric Gagne (34)
Edgar Gonzalez (27)
Tom Gordon (42)
Kevin Gregg (31)
Jason Isringhausen (37)
Jorge Julio (31)
Mike MacDougal (32)
Seth McClung (29)
Guillermo Mota (36)
Joe Nelson (35)
Chan Ho Park (37)
Tomo Ohka (34)
Troy Percival (40)
Duaner Sanchez (30)
Rudy Seanez (41)
Russ Springer (41)
Julian Tavarez (37)
Luis Vizcaino (35)
David Weathers (40)
Jeff Weaver (33)
Jamey Wright (35)
McClung is reportedly close to signing with the Marlins. Gregg and Calero also have been linked to them at various times.
We still have a lot of names on the market two days into February, and not just relievers.
Hank Blalock, Russell Branyan, Carlos Delgado, Joe Crede and Erik Bedard have been tied to the Orioles this winter, but they remain unsigned.
We’ve debated whether Jermaine Dye would make sense for the Orioles. He’s still out there.
At what point do these guys start getting a little nervous?
Ryan Garko finally signed with the Mariners yesterday. The Orioles had him on their board, but preferred Garrett Atkins at first base.