Roch Around the Clock

January 28, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Former Orioles reliever Arthur Rhodes signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Remember when the Orioles wanted him to be a starter? Turns out, it wasn't good to have him sitting around for four days, thinking about his next appearance. And he sure wasn't a closer. Setup suited him perfectly.

Catcher Fernando Lunar has returned to the Atlanta Braves' organization. He was part of Syd Thrift's 2000 trade that sent B.J. Surhoff to Atlanta for Lunar, pitcher Luis Rivera and outfielder Trenidad Hubbard.

Lunar hasn't played in the majors since 2002, when he appeared in two games for the Orioles.

Hubbard was best known in the Orioles' clubhouse for his massive arms. He walked around in sleeveless T-shirts to show them off, prompting ex-manager Mike Hargrove to jokingly refer to how swollen they were and that Hubbard might have come down with a virus or something.

Hubbard, who never got off the bench, replied: "Let me show you what these arms can do," and walked away.

Hargrove mumbled, "I've seen what they can do" and continued to exclude Hubbard from the lineup.

Rivera was supposed to be the cornerstone of the trade, but he was damaged goods.

I'm sure the Braves had no idea.

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