Moore youth on the roster

The headline is about the veteran, but there's actual promise in the prospects. In a development totally foreseen by We Rite Goode's crack baseball staff, or just about anyone who's watched the Orioles lose nine straight, Baltimore P Steve Traschel was dealt to the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs for P Rocky Cherry and 3B Scott Moore.

Yeah, it's a little fishy when one baseball exec (Baltimore's Andy MacPhail) shepherds a player to his protégé (Chicago's Jim Hendry) for the stretch run. The teams play in different leagues, Traschel wasn't necessarily coming back to the O's...thinking goes that guys like to help each other out, so what's an aging vet for a few spare parts?

Which is why acquiring two serviceable players--if not one high-potential youngster--is a nice little coup for the beleaguered O's.

We don't know much about Cherry, an ex-starter who's been an OK reliever in his 15 major league innings, but Moore is a pretty talented guy. He was a first round pick by Detroit in 2002, and at 23 years old, just put together a very solid AAA season (19 HRs, 68 RBI, .897 OPS in 311 ABs). Moore's historically been an error machine at third, but in the homer-happy American League, who cares about defense?

This isn't to say Moore should start tomorrow--although we could do with a little less of Mora, not to mention thoroughly enjoy the comedic potential of that platoon--or the O's shouldn't turn around and deal him to someone else, but a solid chip for a waiver-wire deal.

(Look, we're not proud to write posts about a kid who's more likely the next Jeff Manto rather than Brooks Robinson, but we O's fans are desperate right now. The team just wrapped the worst 10-game homestand in its history. Permit us something to latch on to.)

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