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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Waiting for WietersOrioles fans, meet the man who, for a while at least, will be blocking your dreams from coming true:
Gregg Zaun returned to the team that drafted him in 1989, finalizing a $2 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
With his guaranteed money this year and his buyout for 2010, that means that, no matter what, the Orioles have to pay Zaun $2 million. Between that obligation and what is likely a strong desire to keep Wieters from achieving super two status, you can probably expect to see Zaun starting through the All-Star break or later.
Is that as satisfying as seeing the best prospect in baseball? Nah, but hey, Zaun is Rick Dempsey's nephew, and that has to count for something in Charm City, right?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:49pm
Rick Dempsey is a dumb gasbag and one of the worst color men, even for local guys, I have ever seen.
But yeah, let’s stall that arb clock a bit, shall we?
Posted 01/22 at 05:51 PM
I wonder how many fricking references to Dempsey we are going to have to hear on the radio and TV because of the relation!!!>>??
Posted 01/22 at 06:22 PM
As a lifelong Baltimoron, I am fine with this direction. Seeing Wieters for an entire year in his prime vs. 2 months as a rookie? It’s the exact OPPOSITE kind of moves by management that get us pissy.
Posted 01/22 at 07:08 PM
Do you realize that the world Baltimoron contains the word “moron”?
Posted 01/22 at 07:50 PM
Robert Dudek said...
Orioles fans will love Zaun; he was definitely a fan favorite in Toronto in recent years.
He’s also done color commentary during the playoffs on Canadian TV and seems like a very good candidate to manage when his career is done.
I can’t think of a better guy to mentor Wieters over the next two years.
Posted 01/23 at 01:16 AM
Eric Solomon said...
(First time/long time)
I think they’re doing the right thing with Wieters. They aren’t going to contend this year but have some promising talent in the system so should be aiming for beyond 2010. The longer they have control of Wieters, the better for them (if he’s even half as good as everyone projects). It really will be nice to see baseball resurrected in Baltimore.
And this is from a Yankee fan.
Posted 01/23 at 09:12 AM
O’s fans are OK with this. This organization has a bad habit of rushing prospects and stunting their growth. Every now and then it works out (Nick Markakis) but usually it’s a disaster (Daniel Cabrera, Hayden Penn).
Zaun knows the deal; he’s just keeping the seat warm for Wieters and he seems OK with it. And Zaun is a good bet to post a better OPS than Ramon Hernandez did last season.
A fine backup catcher pickup.
Posted 01/23 at 10:35 AM