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Paul Folkemer

The ex-Oriole report: Gonzalez, Wieters and others off to strong starts in 2017

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Andrew Triggs, Athletics

Every offseason, the Orioles play musical chairs with their roster, shuffling fringe players on and off the 40-man as space-fillers while they plan their other moves. Sometimes those players are barely around long enough for fans to learn their names (Adam Brett Walker, anyone?), and, more often than not, they don’t make an impact anywhere after the Orioles let them go.

Triggs could be an exception. Like Thames, he didn’t appear in a major league game with the Orioles, but he was the closer at Double-A Bowie in 2015. He put up such impressive numbers there — 17 saves, a 1.03 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 61 innings — that the O’s added him to their 40-man roster after the season. Triggs made three appearances in 2016 spring training (with a 13.50 ERA) before the Orioles waived him to make room for Pedro Alvarez.

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The 28-year-old right-hander landed with Oakland, and this year he’s been a revelation in the A’s rotation, going 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA in five starts. In four of those five outings, he hasn’t allowed any earned runs.

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