According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the O's wanted Jose Ceda in a deal for Brian Roberts at some point this offseason. Jim said Ceda is "untouchable" and Lou has said that he could make the jump from A ball( which he was in last year) to the Major Leagues this year. He was traded to the Cubs from the Pads in the Walker deal in '06 and is now ranked in the top 5 best pitching propsects in the system. Ceda is a big guy with a hard fastball and good slider. He moved to relief in A ball and pitched 23 hitless innings. Ceda went 5-2 with 3.28 era in 2 minor league seasons. He pitched in 39 games, 17 in which he started. He had a good WHIP and his K9 is 12.38 in those 2 seasons. The kid looks good!
It seems that a deal for Roberts will never get done. MacPhail said that he did not expect a d eal to get done before the O's report to ST next week. How is Gallagher, Murton, and Cedeno not enough for Roberts?? Can someone answer that for me?