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A look back at the 2014 AL East champion Orioles (5)

OF ALEJANDRO DE AZA

 

2014 contribution: Duquette acquired De Aza at the August trade deadline for a pair of minor league pitchers, and he batted .293 with 11 extra-base hits and an .877 OPS in 20 September games. He also had seven hits in the playoffs, pulling his weight in a futile effort for the Orioles.

 

Why he’s gone: De Aza was part of the attempt to solve the Orioles’ outfield problem in 2015, but barely made it to June before he was traded to the Red Sox.

 

Where he is now: The Nationals most recently enjoyed the De Aza experience, but released him from their minors in August last year.

 

IF STEVE LOMBARDOZZI

 

2014 contribution: After two seasons with the Nationals, the Howard County-raised player completed his local tour with the hometown Orioles in 2014. He hit .288 in 20 games as an extra infielder, though he wasn’t part of the postseason mix.

 

Why he’s gone: Lombardozzi didn’t even make it to camp the following season before the Orioles sold him to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Where he is now: Lombardozzi got two more cups of coffee in the majors, and spent all of 2018 at Triple-A Nashville in the Athletics organization. He wasn’t in camp anywhere this spring.

 

IF JIMMY PAREDES

 

2014 contribution: With just a few plate appearances more than the requisite 50 after the Orioles acquired him, Paredes hit .302 with an .818 OPS when Showalter found a way to get him into the line up. He worked a walk in his one ALCS plate appearance.

 

Why he’s gone: Paredes did some hitting in an Orioles uniform, but the last thing any of the mid-decade Baltimore teams needed was another bat-first corner player. Paredes was hurt early in 2016 and designated for assignment.

 

Where he is now: The Toronto Blue Jays and Phillies each enjoyed Paredes’ services in 2016, but he played in Japan in 2017 and at Lancaster in the Atlantic League last season.

 

IF KELLY JOHNSON

 

2014 contribution: Johnson’s trade to the Orioles put all five AL East teams on his resume. He played only 19 games during the regular season before Showalter selected him for the playoff roster, where he came off the bench twice.

 

Why he’s gone: Johnson was always going to be a hired gun, and he signed with the Braves the following January.

 

Where he is now: Atlanta dealt Johnson to the New York Mets late in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and he finished his career in New York.

 

RHP CHRIS TILLMAN

 

2014 contribution: An All-Star in 2013, Tillman actually had his best full season in 2014, when he made a major league-high 34 starts and broke the 200-inning threshold for the second straight year while finishing with a 3.34 ERA. He gave the Orioles five strong innings in a Game1ALDS win, but couldn’t hold down the Royals in that assignment the following round.

 

Why he’s gone: Tillman started dealing with shoulder discomfort and pitched through it late in 2016, but was never the same, and was released after two ineffective seasons in July 2018.

 

Where he is now: After making four minor league starts for the Texas Rangers last year, Tillman is still on the market ahead of the 2019 season.

 

LHP WEI-YIN CHEN

 

2014 contribution: As the lone left-hander in the Orioles rotation, Chen bounced back from an uneven 2013 to make 31 starts with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.228 WHIP. His rough outing in Game 2 of the ALDS necessitated Young’s late inning heroics, but he bounced back to give the Orioles a chance to win against the Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS.

 

Why he’s gone: Chen was an absolute bargain for the Orioles after they signed him from Japan, but they weren’t going anywhere near the five-year, $80 million deal he got in free agency from the Miami Marlins after the 2015 season.

 

Where he is now: In his third season with the Marlins, Chen made 26 starts with a 4.79 ERA, but he finds himself on a rebuilding team without much to play for as he passes the halfway point of the deal.