Bill Castro most likely will be out of baseball next season after spending 37 years with the Brewers as a player, scout and coach, and the last two with the Orioles as bullpen coach.
Here’s hoping that the man has hobbies.
Castro replaced Rick Adair as pitching coach on Aug. 15. The Orioles offered him a scouting position, which he turned down, and he didn’t bother to seek a major league job.
Castro says he found out too late that the Orioles weren’t going to retain him as bullpen coach and no other major league jobs are available. So, he plans on doing nothing unless a position suddenly opens up.
Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler may be my new favorite player, and not because he’s the only one who hasn’t been linked to the Orioles.
In case you missed it, Ziegler (@bradziegler) tweeted his dissatisfaction yesterday with infielder Jhonny Peralta agreeing to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cardinals after serving a 50-game suspension last season.
“It pays to cheat...Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use”
I thought the gloves already came off after the final game.
More from Ziegler: “People really don’t understand how this works. We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously it’s not. So we are working on it again.”
FOX Sports reported a few days ago that the Orioles were interested in Peralta as a left fielder. They weren’t interested enough to dole out a contract of that size.
As for Ziegler, who serves as the Diamondbacks’ union rep, I respect the stance that he’s taking and his willingness to share it on Twitter. And he illustrates just how much times have changed due to social media.
I’m trying to imagine Brooks Robinson sitting in front of his locker and tweeting, “Just robbed Lee May again. LMAO!”
The Rays reportedly reached agreement with catcher Jose Molina on a two-year, $4.5 million contract.
Clearly, the Rays chose two years so they could be all-in if Matt Wieters becomes a free agent.
But seriously ...
Here’s your T.J. McFarland update in Venezuela:
McFarland is 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in seven games (six starts), with 30 hits, eight walks and 14 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
On the negative side, he’s allowed seven runs and 14 hits in 10 2/3 innings over his last two starts.
The Orioles are interested in pitcher Tomo Ohka, according to a report from Sanspo, a Japanese-language daily sports newspaper.
Ohka went 51-68 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 major league seasons, the last coming with the Indians in 2009. He came to the U.S. in 1999 and spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox.
Who was their general manager? Yes, Dan Duquette.
Ohka developed a knuckleball after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2011. He registered a 3.73 ERA in 21 games with the Toyama Thunderbirds in 2013, and he’s been training in Arizona.
A Japanese knuckleballer? That is SO in the Orioles’ wheelhouse.
I wonder if the Orioles would have some interest in pitcher Yunesky Maya, released by the Nationals over the weekend, now that they’ve busted open that door to Cuba.
Maya, 32, was touted as a top-of-the-rotation starter when the Nats signed him to a four-year, $6 million deal in 2010. He posted a 5.80 ERA in 16 games with the Nats and went 24-29 with a 4.17 ERA in 79 games in the minors.
Maya’s last major league pitch, in his only appearance in 2013, resulted in a walk-off home run by the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval.
Anyway, he probably could be signed to a minor league deal. The Orioles have a few guys who could recruit him.
Congrats to Orioles outfielder Jason Pridie and wife Bianca on the birth of their second son, Kash Jay.