“We spoke to a number of teams about Jeremy Guthrie, and we recognize Jeremy’s been a dependable pitcher for us, giving up 200 innings pitched for the last three years in a row, but we think this is a good deal to help our team and to help our club win because we are essentially replacing Jeremy’s innings in the rotation with Jason Hammel’s. And we think the addition of Matt Lindstrom, who has a power fastball, strengthens our pitching staff overall. We like the like the trade because it gives the Orioles an option beyond 2012. Based on Jason’s service time, he’d be eligible to come back to our ballclub for 2013. Also, Matt has an option in his contract that is team-exercised for the 2013 season. With arbitration looming for Jeremy Guthrie and also free agency at the end of the year, we thought this was a good opportunity to make a trade that strengthens our ballclub with a solid major league starting pitcher and a quality pitcher in the bullpen. Matt has shown to be a dependable late-inning reliever, converting on over 75 percent of his save opportunities. Jason pitched effectively in the American League East with Tampa, so he’s familiar with the landscape."