Roch Around the Clock

The Kickoff

November 20, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

Former Orioles starter/reliever Travis Driskill opted for free agency after spending another year in the As tros' system. People ask me about the nicest guys I've ever covered on the beat. He's way up high on the list.

Speaking still of former Ori oles, and nice guys, Kurt Ains worth was spotted on the Dodg ers' minor league free-agency list. He still wants to pitch, but his shoulder is leaning toward retire ment.

It becomes more clear by the day that the Orioles view Hayden Penn more as trade bait than a candidate for the 2007 rotation. If he isn't gone by Opening Day, he'll likely pitch out of the bull pen, which is fine. But whenever you hear about the Orioles "pack aging" young arms in a potential deal, Penn seems to have a bow tied around him - the latest ex ample being the discussions with the Braves involving Tim Hudson.

A member of the organization recently told me that Penn "didn't show me a whole lot in September," but the guy hadn't given up on the young right-hand er. Far from it.

Funny how the Orioles backed off trading for Hudson two win ters ago because he wasn't going to sign a contract extension with them, but he still could end up pitching here.

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