The Baltimore Orioles made some ripples yesterday in the world of free agent signings. I’m not even sure that these qualify as ripples, but they’re something. The Birds signed first baseman Travis Ishikawa, and southpaw pitchers Daniel Schlereth and Zack Braddock to minor league contracts. All three players will also receive invitations to spring training in Sarasota with the O’s. Ishikawa hit .257 over 94 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, and .265 over 281 games in four seasons with the San Francisco Giants previously to that.
Schlereth and Braddock had less-than-stellar numbers in 2012, however one would dub them “reclamation projects.” Schlereth is the son of former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth, who currently works as an analyst for ESPN. Dan Duquette said that the Orioles were attracted to both players (but espeically Braddock) because they’re lefty specialists out of the bullpen. So…does this make Darren O’Day expendable as part of a potential trade? Stay tuned.