Baltimore Orioles: An Up and Down History Involving Trades With The NL Central
It’s been a long time since the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals have made a deal.
The Orioles and Cardinals have made only eight trades in their history and one since they made two different trades in three days back in July of 2000. Will they break this streak and come swooping in for either Mychal Givens or Trey Mancini this winter? Probably not, but let’s look back at some previous trades of note.
To St. Louis: RHP Mike Timlin, cash
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Timlin spent a year and a half of his 18 major league seasons with the Orioles, saving 38 games. Despite being 34, Timlin would pitch in the majors for eight more seasons and was moved as part of a package for Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Scott Rolen.
Nussbeck couldn’t crack the majors, even with five seasons of Triple-A ball under his belt, while Richard slashed .262/.327/.455 with 32 home runs in 242 games for Baltimore.
After prominent stints with the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers, 1B Will Clark joined the Orioles via free agency at the age of 35, hitting .302 with a .404 OBP and 19 home runs in parts of two seasons before being moved to St. Louis just days after the Timlin deal.
Clark didn’t do much with the Cardinals before retiring, while Jose Leon (IF sent to Baltimore in return for Clark) hit .225 across 88 games in three seasons.
Come back Friday as we wrap up our trip around the National League with a look at notable trades made between the Orioles and NL East squads.