Orioles fans will always have a warm place in their heart for Robert Andino. He’ll be remembered as the guy who delivered the game-winning hit against the Boston Red Sox on the final day of the 2011 season.
After a disappointing offensive season, the Orioles traded Andino to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday for outfielder Trayvon Robinson.
Andino batted .211 in 127 games. With Brian Roberts again missing most of the season, he was the regular second baseman, but after missing two weeks in July with a right shoulder injury, his offense never perked up.
Earlier this month, the Orioles picked up Alexi Casilla on waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Casilla, Roberts, Ryan Flaherty and Omar Quintanilla give the Orioles adequate depth at second base, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.
“When we picked up Casilla, it gave us a surplus of infielders and that enabled us to address our need for additional outfield help,” Duquette said.
The 28-year-old Andino made $1.3 million while striking out 100 times and is eligible for arbitration. He did not immediately return a phone call for comment.
The 25-year-old Robinson batted .221 in 46 games with Seattle. He had three home runs and 12 RBIs. He also stole six bases in nine attempts.
“He has good speed. He has good defensive skills, he’s got some pop. So far, the bat hasn’t translated to the big leagues,” Duquette said.
The Orioles were looking for help in the outfield. They’re still negotiating with Nate McLouth, and Robinson could compete with Steve Pearce and Lew Ford for a roster spot.
Besides the hit that helped change the fortunes of both the Red Sox and Orioles, Andino will be remembered for his humorous movie reviews that were shown on the scoreboard and for his willingness to play whenever and wherever the team wanted.
“Robert did a nice job for us. He helped us turn around the ballclub,” Duquette said. “Now, we have some more depth in the outfield.”
The Orioles filled out their 40-man roster for now by purchasing the contracts of infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore from Double-A Bowie. Schoop and Belfiore both played in the Arizona Fall League.
Schoop batted .245 in 124 games for Bowie, and Belfiore was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA after being acquired from Arizona for Josh Bell.
Drake, who was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three games for Bowie, missed most of the season after right shoulder surgery.