Fantasy Baseball Effects Of The Felix Pie / Orioles Trade
The Baltimore Orioles added youth to their outfield by acquiring Felix Pie from the Cubs on Sunday. The Cubs get lefty Garrett Olson and minor-league pitcher Henry Williamson.
Pie, who turns 24 next month, has probably earned more print for a certain nether region injury than for an on-field exploits. A career .223 hitter who has not yet established himself as an everyday player, Pie has very little power, but he has some speed. In 130 major league games, Pie has three homers and 30 RBIs. He has stolen 11 bases and scored 35 runs.
Pie is likely to get that everyday gig in Baltimore, although Lou Montanez could offer some resistance in left field. Pie is not worth drafting in fantasy leagues. If he can light a spark at the top of the Oriole lineup, then fantasy owners can reconsider.
Garrett Olson had an up-and-down 2008 for the O’s. He ended the season with a respectable losing record (9-10) and a hideous ERA (6.65). His WHIP of 1.73 was not much better.
There were some bright spots, though. Olson was 6-3 with a 4.76 ERA on June 28 after 12 starts. In 14 more starts in 2008, Olson was 3-7 with an ERA of 8.43 and a WHIP of 1.99. For the entire season, Olson struck out 83 batters in 132.2 innings.
Olson has potential to be a serviceable end of the rotation starter, but probably not in 2009. He turns 25 next month and still has a learning curve to straighten out.