Orioles Pick Up Utilityman

In a deal that went almost unnoticed through the Winter Meetings, the Cubs sent outfielder Freddie Bynum to the Orioles for righthander Kevin Hart.

For Bynum it’s his second trade in less than a year. He was a part of a three-team swap at the end of spring training last year that sent him from the A’s to the Cubs. Bynum, 26, hit .252/.308/.456 in 71 games with the Cubs last year as a utilityman. His main assets are speed and versatility. He played all three outfield positions and second base last year, and he can also fill in at shortstop and third base if needed.

Hart, 23 is 20-19, 4.51 during his three year pro career. An 11th-round draft pick in 2004, he didn’t settle in as a full-time pitcher until he signed, as he was also a first baseman at the University of Maryland College Park. He was 6-11, 4.61 at high Class A Frederick this season. Hart has a near perfect pitchers body, but his stuff is only average. He has an 87-91 mph fastball and also throws a slider and a change.

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