Friday, April 2, 2010

Orioles Acquire Lugo

The Orioles acquired former St. Louis shortstop Julio Lugo today to be their utility infielder. Lugo is still going to be paid $8.6 million by the Red Sox, and he will spell Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis when they need a breather.

Lugo's arrival makes a bit of sense in that the Orioles weren't too happy with former utility man Robert Andino's so-so spring. Andino does not provide much of an offense punch at the plate, and his defense was not as sharp as they'd hoped it would be. Lugo can provide a little bit more offense when he's in there.

Overall, this is a move that does very little other than assure a quality backup that can take over when needed. If Lugo must fill in on an everyday basis, the Orioles can be comfortable that they will be getting a little bit of offense to make up for the little pop Andino provided.

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