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Not trading Guthrie was a good move

Pairing Jeremy Guthrie with Tommy Hunter will make for a solid one-two punch at the front of the Orioles rotation.

As expected the Orioles made two trades before the trade deadline, but Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t one of the players moved. Baltimore traded Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter and corner infielder Chris Davis, and then traded first baseman Derrek Lee to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league infielder Aaron Baker. But, Guthrie, who was expected to be one of the team’s top trade chips, is sticking around.

Guthrie appeared to have really boosted his trade value after a dominant performance against the Yankees only two days ago, when he allowed only four hits in seven innings. Despite his 5-14 record, Guthrie has been very good for the Orioles. He’s on pace to go 200 innings for a third-straight year, and he is well on pace to top 120 strikeouts for the third time in his career, the fifth-straight year with at least 110 Ks.

But after the Orioles traded for Hunter it almost seemed logical to keep Guthrie, rather than trade him since they had a replacement for him.

The Orioles made out like a bandit in that trade, it may very well may have been the most one-sided trade made. The Rangers desperately needed and elite middle relief pitcher and with maybe the best in baseball, the Orioles took advantage of it and took two elite players that the Rangers just did not need at this time.

Hunter was one of the league’s best starters last season, going 13-4 and starting a World Series game. He also struck out 68 batters in only 128 innings last season. His ERA was a bit high the last two seasons, 4.10 in 2009 and 3.73 in 2010, but the 25-year-old has showing improvement and in eight appearances this year his ERA has dipped down to 2.93.

He’s still young and with some more development he could turn into a front-end of the rotation pitcher. Now pair him with Guthrie. That’s not at all a bad one-two punch for the Orioles and with a bunch of young prospects still developing the Orioles should have a solid rotation next season with Hunter and Guthrie at the front of the rotation, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton (hopefully last night’s horrible outing isn’t anything too serious) in the middle, and either Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, and Brad Bergesen competing for that fifth spot.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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