Deal looks like winner

Roch Around The Clock

September 02, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

In the Steve Trachsel trade Friday, the Orioles gave up a veteran pitcher with a cheap option for 2008 who was their most consistent starter early in the season and one of their most effective once he was healthy again. But I won't argue it.

If they had gotten a low-level prospect in return, I'd gripe. But third baseman Scott Moore is only 23 and already has cracked the majors, appearing in 18 games with the Chicago Cubs over the past two seasons. He hit 19 home runs this year at Triple-A Iowa.

He's not Jose Leon. At least as far as we know.

That alone could be worth it. Now factor in a pitcher who also has some major league experience, posting a 3.00 ERA in 12 relief stints this year and holding opponents to a .224 average, and it's difficult to fault the deal.

Trachsel allowed three earned runs or fewer in 17 of his 25 starts. He wasn't a bad substitute for Kris Benson. But his biggest contribution could end up being the players the Orioles got in return for him.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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