The Orioles have acquired right-handed pitcher David Pauley from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-hander Randor Bierd, the team announced today.
The Red Sox designated Pauley for assignment earlier this month when Boston agreed to terms with veteran right-hander John Smoltz.
The San Diego Padres selected Pauley in the eighth round of the 2001 MLB draft. The Red Sox acquired the 6-foot-2, 185-pound pitcher in December 2004, along with infielder Ramon Vazquez and former Orioles outfielder Jay Payton for outfielder Dave Roberts.
In his career, Pauley is 0-3 with a 9.53 ERA in nine major league games. He was 0-1 with an 11.68 ERA in six games (two starts) during the 2008 season with the Red Sox.
When he wasn't in the majors last season, Pauley was pitching well for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He was 14-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts with Pawtucket. Pauley had 103 strikeouts and walked 41 hitters in 147 innings in Triple-A.
In eight minor league seasons, Pauley is 53-46 with a 3.92 ERA.
He's been used almost exclusively as a starter in the minors – 174 starts, three relief appearances – so it looks like he could replace Garrett Olson in the contest to earn a spot in the Orioles' rotation for the 2009 season. Olson was traded yesterday to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Felix Pie.
Pauley hasn't pitched with much success at the major league level, so he's probably better served to start with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in 2009. Unfortunately, he's out of options, so that's not going to happen unless he clears waivers. Still, it's a solid move by the Orioles to bring in more bodies to compete for the team's Opening Day roster.
If you're interested, here's a scouting report on Pauley from SoxProspects.com. For what it's worth, the Web site says Pauley has the potential to be a fifth starter in the majors. The scouting report also mentions that he needs to work on his control.
The Orioles acquired Bierd from the Detroit Tigers in the 2007 Rule 5 draft. In 29 games with the Orioles, the 24-year-old right-hander went 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA. It was his first career major league experience after spending five seasons in the Tigers' minor league system.