2. Signing Miguel Gonzalez

One of the first things Duquette did when he took over was get "the band back together," or more specifically hire some of the veteran personnel men that he had worked with in his previous stints in the majors. One of those was Fred Ferreira, the Shark of the Caribbean, whose impressive scouting resume was stocked with quality Latino ballplayers. Ferreira's first major contribution to the Orioles was right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, a former Los Angeles Angels prospect who was pitching in Mexico after various injuries and failed stints with the Angels and Red Sox. The Orioles inked Gonzalez to a minor league deal in March. By the end of the season, Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25 ERA in 18 games) had become an unflappable big-game pitcher. Most important for the Orioles, the 28-year-old is under club control for years to come. Signing lefty Wei-Yin Chen was the Orioles international move that resonated most with the national media, but given Gonzalez's minimum price tag, his acquisition is more impressive.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
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