Jeff Zrebiec, the Orioles' beat writer for The Sun, spoke to Garrett Olson today. Here are his thoughts on the trade.
First reaction to trade: "It was a surprise. I didn't look at anything online. I hadn't been paying attention to any trade talks. I just tried to ignore that this offseason. I got the call from [Andy] MacPhail this morning and it did catch me by surprise. It kind of hit me strange. It is exciting, a new challenge. But part of me is also sad to be leaving. It's like a family in Baltimore. It was always awesome to play there and I'll never forget that. But I'm also forward to going to Chicago. They're rich in tradition. I grew up watching games on WGN. It will be an adventure because I really don't know anyone there."
On whether he thinks he still may be headed to San Diego in potential Jake Peavy deal: "I don't believe in looking way ahead to see what the possibilities are. I really believe that whatever you're given, that's what you have. Right now, I plan on being a Cub. It's out of my hands. That's something that hasn't been talked about. When I talked to [Cubs general manager] Jim Hendry today, that wasn't an option. He didn't even bring it up to me. If that's going on, that's up to them."
Were you surprised because Orioles have so much uncertainty in rotation: "It kind of hits you by surprise. I've been up and down the last year and a half. I figured I had a great chance to come in and contribute this year. But I'm sure it will work out better for both sides. I think [Felix] Pie was somebody Andy has been trying to get for a while and he had to sacrifice something. I understood that and didn't take it to heart. I'm sure it will work out for both teams. Going to the Cubs, I realize that there aren't as many opportunities in the rotation. I feel like I have to prove myself again. But either way, I'm ready to go. I see the pros and cons in both. I think it will be a good change."
Did you get enough of an opportunity as an Oriole: "I feel like I was given plenty of opportunities and I feel like I did what I could. I'm grateful for it. I'm very proud to say I put in time with the Orioles. It was an amazing time. I felt like it made me a better pitcher and person. I feel like this is a new chapter to my career. What I got from developing and growing up in that organization, I feel like I can use that always."
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