BIRDS HOUSE: Fair Trade?

Written by on November 28, 2012 in Orioles, Sports - No comments

Last week the Orioles traded away infielder Robert Andino to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

The Miami native Andino started off his career with the Florida Marlins before heading to Baltimore. He spent four seasons with the Orioles, most of which were at second base, while Brian Roberts was on the disabled list. Over the course of his 360 games he played with the O’s, Andino hit .239 with 16 home runs and 80 runs batted in.

During the 2012 season, the 28-year-old Andino hit .211 with a career high seven home runs as he played in 127 games. Andino has always had a flare for the dramatic, and one such time was during the last game of the 2011 season as Andino hit a walkoff double against the Boston Red Sox which kept Boston from making the playoffs.

In return, Baltimore gets Trayvon Robinson, a 25-year-old switch hitting outfielder. Robinson split time between AAA Tacoma and the Mariners last year. While in AAA, Robinson hit .265 with nine home runs and 41 runs batted in over 83 games. Robinson also stole 19 bases while in Tacoma. While on the Mariners, Robinson hit .221 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 46 games.

As it appears now, Andino has a legitimate shot to be the everyday starter at second for Seattle, so hopefully he can capitalize on that opportunity.

As for Robinson in Baltimore, the outfield seems to be pretty full.  Adam Jones and Nick Markakis most likely aren’t going anywhere, and left field has

Nolan Reimold and Nate McLouth for the time being, so Robinson will probably start his 2013 season in AAA.

by Andy Mindzak
birds@baltimoreguide.com

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