David Pauley to Baltimore

Former Wizards pitcher, David Pauley is now a former Red Sox pitcher. The 25-year-old right hander was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles today for another 25-year-old pitcher, Randor Bierd. Tis comes on the heals of Pauley being designated for assignment last week ino order to make room on the roster for the recently signed John Smoltz.

The trade might work out well for Pauley, who may get a chance to become more than a September call up:

Pauley obviously will be given a chance to win a job in the rotation. If nothing else, he’ll be a phone call away at Triple-A Norfolk, as one of those “veteran” pitchers who could enable the Orioles to keep their younger prospects in the minors if they need an injury replacement. The idea is to avoid rushing Chris Tillman, Brad Bergesen, David Hernandez, Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Brandon Erbe, etc. [MASNsports.com]

In 2001, the San Diego Padres drafted David Pauley out of high school in the eighth round. He posted a 7-7 record with a 3.29 earned run average to go along with 117 strikeouts and 38 bases on balls over 117.2 innings pitched with the Wizards in 2003. The next year, he was rated the seventh best prospet in the Padres organization by Baseball America and was shipped to the Boston Red Sox with Jay Payton and Ramon Vazquez plus cash for Dave Roberts.

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