Dan Duquette Busy With Non-Splash Moves

Dan Duquette has been busy this week.  While the moves he’s made have not been the “big splash” deals many were hoping for, he continues to amass players who, at one time, were considered good players with the potential to be elite players.  Below, I’ll go over a brief summary of our recent (or in some cases pending) transactions:

Brock Bond – IF
I know very little about Brock Bond.  Never heard of him before yesterday (and I’m pretty good at knowing players).  Bond was a 24th round draft pick of the Giants back in 2007.  He spent time at AAA from 2010-2012 and was invited to spring training in 2013.  He suffered an oblique injury in late spring and was then assigned to High-A San Jose where he spent the balance of the season.  Bond doesn’t hit home runs (he’s no Barry Bond) and he doesn’t steal bases (he’s no Lou Brock).  One thing he does do with great consistency is he gets on base.  His career minor league stats include a .300 average and a .377 OBP.  He was signed to a MiLB deal with a spring invite.  He’ll battle it out for a utility role.

Luis Vizcaino – RP
Luis Vizcaino last pitched in the major leagues in 2009 for the Indians.  He was an average MLB pitcher with a career 35-30 record and a 4.33 ERA. He gave up less than a hit per inning, but walked close to 4 batters per 9 innings.  According to Brittany Ghiroli, Vizcaino had a great winter league pitching to a 1.40 ERA with 25 saves.  He is 39 years old, but could add some depth at AAA.

Tyler Colvin – OF
Tyler Colvin will likely be included in the Orioles’ spring outfield competition.  The Birds will sign Colvin to a MLB deal pending the dreaded physical.  There is reason to like this move and there is reason to dislike this move.  First the positives.  Colvin is a former 1st round draft pick (#13 overall) of the Cubs in 2006.  His rookie year, he batted .254/.316/.500/.816 with 20 HR and 56 RBI.  Not too shabby for a rookie.  You also have to like his numbers from 2012 in Colorado when he batted .290/.327/.531/.858 with 18 HR and 72 RBI.  Damn…..not bad for a left-handed stick.  2 very solid seasons.  Now the bad……the years in between were not so nice.  In 2011 and 2013, Colvin batted .150 and .160 with a total of 9 HR and 30 RBI.  What the heck???  The other reason for concern is the fact that his solid 2012 numbers appear to be largely boosted by Coors field.  At Coors, he batted .338/.380/.652/1.032 with 11 HR and 50 RBI.  On the road, he hit .244/.274/.413/.687 with 7 HR and 22 RBI.  Yikes!  I’m not sure if you recall, but Colvin was hit with a splintered bat that actually punctured his chest back in 2010.  He had to go to the hospital for fear of a collapsed lung.  Scary stuff.  Although this is a MLB deal, it’s probably a good one for the Orioles.  Colvin won’t cost much.  If he doesn’t perform, they’ll let him walk.

Alfredo Aceves – RP
Alfredo Aceves was once pretty good.  Is he done or does he have something left in the tank.  He’s not “old” – only 31.  From 2008-2011 with the Yankees then Red Sox, Aceves was 24-3 with a 2.93 ERA.  In 240 innings, he gave up just 188 hits with 72 walks and 167 Ks.  Despite a spike in ERA (above 5) in 2012, Aceves saved 25 games for the Red Sox.  Last year, the Sox moved Aceves into a starter’s role and he regressed further.  The Sox sent him to Pawtucket and Aceves wasn’t able to work things out.  He even spent time in rookie ball!  As a MiLB free agent with a spring invite, Aceves will be given a chance to show what he can do.  Another low risk, potentially high reward guy.  I have no issues with this deal.