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Brian Matusz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are having "ongoing trade discussions" involving Brian Matusz.
The Orioles would rather trade Matusz than pay him $3.2 million to serve essentially as a left-handed specialist. He would make sense as a starter for a team that's rebuilding, especially since he's under team control next season as well. The O's had been having talks with the Mets, but they wanted Matusz as a reliever and have since acquired a couple left-handers for the bullpen. Apr 7 - 7:06 PM

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets' interest in Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz hasn't advanced beyond the "scouting stage."

A recent report suggested that the Mets want the Orioles to cover some of Matusz's $3.2 million for 2015 in a trade, but Puma hears from a source that it's "incorrect" that players and money have been discussed between the two sides. Matusz is a perfect fit for the Mets' bullpen right now, but multiple teams figure to be in the mix. One or two could even give him another chance as a starter.
Mar 24 - 11:52 AM

Brian Matusz turned in another strong start Friday, going four scoreless against the Red Sox in the Orioles' 11-5 win.

Matusz allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two in lowering his spring ERA to 0.87. Signs point to him being traded later this month, and he's given his value a boost with his performance as a starter. The Mets are reportedly interesting, though they'd want him as a reliever. The Phillies are one team that should consider bringing him in as a starter.
Mar 20 - 4:59 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are willing to include cash in a possible Brian Matusz trade.

Matusz is due $3.2 million this season, which is a little rich for someone who will be looked at as a left-handed specialist. The Mets have reportedly scouted the 28-year-old, but Rosenthal hears that they "may prefer other options." Matusz posted a 3.48 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings and is expendable in Baltimore with T.J. McFarland and Wesley Wright projected to make the Opening Day bullpen.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 18 - 10:25 AM

According to Dan Martin and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets have been scouting Brian Matusz.

The Mets are scrambling for left-handed relief help after losing Josh Edgin to Tommy John surgery. Matusz is due $3.2 million in 2015 and the O's have a good amount of southpaws in their camp this spring, so maybe something can be worked out. Matusz, 28, posted a decent 3.48 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings of relief last season for Baltimore.
Mar 16 - 9:58 AM

Brian Matusz pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three Saturday against the Rays.

Matusz isn't going to start for the Orioles, but maybe he can impress another team this spring. The Orioles have the flexibility to move him with left-handers Zach Britton and Wesley Wright locks for the pen. We're not big believers in Matusz's ability to start, but if a team like the Phillies or Braves could get him without parting with a top prospect, it'd be worth a try.
Mar 14 - 5:16 PM

Brian Matusz pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed a run Monday in relief against the Phillies.

Matusz struck out four, but he gave up a homer to Andres Blanco and took the loss in a 1-0 game. The Orioles are stretching Matusz out this spring just in case, but there's no room in the rotation for him. A trade is a possibility if someone wants to give up some talent for him.
Mar 9 - 4:00 PM

Brian Matusz received a cortisone shot in his right (non-throwing) shoulder Monday for an AC joint strain.

Matusz is feeling better now, but he hurt his shoulder six weeks ago while lifting weights. It's his non-throwing shoulder, so it's not a major concern. The 28-year-old southpaw had a 3.48 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio across 51 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 4 - 8:54 AM

Orioles and LHP Brian Matusz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract.

It was Matusz's second year of arbitration eligibility. The left-hander held a 3.48 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning over 63 relief appearances for the Orioles last season.
Jan 16 - 1:01 PM

Brian Matusz has been added to the Orioles' ALCS roster.

Matusz was left off the ALDS roster due to the Tigers' heavy right-handedness, but the Royals have many more left-handed hitters. He replaces Ubaldo Jimenez on the roster.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday's loss to the Blue Jays that Brian Matusz (illness) wasn't at the park with the team.

Showalter said that Matusz went to the hospital, but didn't elaborate any further on the situation. It sounds as though he'll be unavailable on Saturday as well.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 09:53:00 PM

Brian Matusz pitched a couple of scoreless frames before Monday's Red Sox-Orioles game was postponed due to rain.

Despite making his second start of the spring today, Matusz remains set to pitch in relief this season. He should be more than a specialist out of the pen, and he might even get the odd save chance if Tommy Hunter struggles. Still, he probably won't be worth using in AL-only leagues unless Hunter gets off to a bad start.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 03:34:00 PM

Brian Matusz pitched two perfect innings, striking out three, in his return to the mound Tuesday.

Matusz had to go to the emergency room due to his peanut allergy on Sunday night, but it didn't cause him to miss an outing. He's pitched exactly two innings all three times out. It appears that the Orioles don't want to disappoint him by removing him from the rotation competition this early. However, they're also not really building him up as they would a starter.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Brian Matusz went to the emergency room after an allergic reaction to peanuts on Sunday night.

He may not pitch on Tuesday for precautionary reasons, but he'll be back soon. Matusz broke through in the bullpen last year, and Baltimore will rely on him heavily in April with Troy Patton serving a 25-game suspension. Matusz held left-handed hitters to a .168 average in 2013.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Brian Matusz got the start and pitched a couple of scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.

While the Orioles are following through on giving Matusz a look as a starter, it's really hard to imagine him beginning the season anywhere except the bullpen. There isn't as much of a need in the rotation now following the Ubaldo Jimenez signing, and there's a greater one in the pen with fellow left-hander Troy Patton serving a 25-game suspension.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 05:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
3Jimmy Paredes
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Everth Cabrera
3Rey Navarro
3B1Manny Machado
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Travis Snider
2David Lough
DH1Steve Pearce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7Jason Garcia
8Kevin Gausman