Baltimore Orioles: Well-Traveled Roe Diamond in Rough


After watching Bud Norris disintegrate in the sixth inning at Fenway Park last night, let’s look back at an unnoticed arm that played a part in Tuesday night’s Baltimore Orioles win.

Who had ever heard of Chaz Roe before this season?

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  • If you’ve ever been on a job merry-go-round, pay attention. Roe has been with eight different organizations since 2010. Here is the sequence, according to

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    • June 7, 2005: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (32nd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed June 18, 2005.
    • December 2, 2010: Traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Seattle Mariners for Jose Lopez.
    • November 2, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
    • September 15, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
    • November 1, 2013: Selected off waivers by the Texas Rangers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
    • February 5, 2014: Granted Free Agency.
    • February 6, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Miami Marlins.
    • August 31, 2014: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the Miami Marlins.
    • September 24, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees.
    • December 2, 2014: Granted Free Agency.
    • December 12, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.

    After the Pirates non-tendered him December 2, the Orioles picked him up and brought him to Spring Training. The assigned him to their minor league camp near the end of March, then called him up from Norfolk on May 24.

    In 19 1/3 innings with the club, he has a .93 ERA with 21 strikeouts and six walks. He retired the Red Sox in order in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s Oriole win, striking out one. Thus far, he has unsung bullpen ace written all over him. The other aces, Darren O’Day, Brad Brach, and Zach Britton, have had their praises sung.

    The Orioles close out a three-game set at Fenway with a day game today, with Miguel Gonzalez getting the start coming off the Disabled List.

    Next: Baltimore Orioles: Ball Bounces Against Norris

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