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Loewen in the rear-view mirror

I've got to say, I didn't expect the kind of vitriol that has been directed at Adam Loewen for choosing to sign a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The guy's arm nearly fell off pitching for the Orioles, so he's taking his longshot comeback to another organization. This isn't exactly the crime of the century.

Obviously, the Orioles feel like he owed them a little more than one last walk, but we're not talking about somebody who's going to show up next year and haunt them for failing to offer a big enough minor league -- I repeat, minor league -- contract. There are some scouts out there who feel Loewen can make the transition from pitcher to position player, and the Blue Jays liked him as a hitter at the time of the 2002 draft, but six years is a long time to go without swinging a bat regularly.

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The Orioles were willing to re-sign him because they've got a ton of money invested in him, but I don't believe anybody seriously thinks he's going to be the next Josh Hamilton. If he ends up having a 30-homer season someday, I'll happily eat some crow, but I just don't think his comeback is going to amount to all that much.

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