Baltimore Orioles Acquire Reliable Starting Pitcher From Athletics

Jeff Passan of EPSN reports that the Baltimore Orioles have acquired left-handed starting pitcher Cole Irvin from the Oakland Athletics.

In exchange, the Athletics are acquiring right-handed pitcher Kyle Virbitsky and infield prospect Darell Hernaiz.

The twenty-nine-year-old Irvin compiled a decent 3.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 128 strikeouts over 181 innings and 30 starts last season. Although he doesn't contain much swing and miss, Irvin has great control and is a reliable starting pitcher. He's also not even arbitration eligible yet.

Not only that, but Irvin should benefit from the now pitcher-friendly Camden Yards in Baltimore. 

This is a sneaky good move for the Orioles and Irvin should perform well with his new team.

The A's receive Kyle Virbitsky, a 6-foot-7, 235 lbs starting pitcher, who posted a 4.63 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 140 strikeouts over 126.1 innings and 22 starts in Triple-A last season. He's twenty-four years old.

In addition, the A's also receive the Orioles' 16th-ranked prospect Darell Hernaiz. The twenty-one-year-old infielder slashed a solid .273/.341/.438 line, with 12 home runs, 62 RBIs, 32 stolen bases and 72 runs scored over 105 games last season, split between three minor-league levels.

It's a solid trade for both sides.

In a corresponding move, and to free up a spot on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez for assignment
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