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July 21, 2005


Texas acquired reliever KEVIN GRYBOSKI from Atlanta for pitcher MATT LORENZO. Texas also claimed pitcher JAMES BALDWIN off waivers from Baltimore and optioned pitcher C.J. WILSON to AA Frisco.

Both moves fill a need, though neither is the type that engenders an expectation of gaining ground in the standings. Baldwin pitched well in relief for the Orioles this season. Unfortunately, on the whole he shouts mediocrity with his ERA+ of 91, flyball tendencies and grim home run ratio (1 per 6.5 innings). With Texas, he’ll join the rotation while Rogers enjoys his forced vacation.

Gryboski walks as many as he strikes out but survives with an extreme groundball rate and the ability to keep the ball in the park. Certainly, he’s a giant upgrade over C.J. Wilson, who simply has no business being on a Major-league roster right now. Texas drafted Lorenzo in the 5th round of the 2003 draft. He struggled mightily in AA and in June was sent back to High-A, where he posted a 4.02 ERA with uninspiring peripherals. Atlanta surely sees potential in him if they’re willing to trade a reliever in the middle of a division race.

Posted by Lucas at July 21, 2005 10:16 PM