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By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Bryce Harper. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16 years old as the “LeBron James” of baseball. He famously dropped out of high school, obtained his GED and attended JuCo early in order to be eligible for the MLB draft early. He was then taken Continue reading
So, that thing we talked about? It happened just as expected. The Orioles won a vigorous negotiation against themselves to acquire the services of Vladimir Guerrero. To put the cherry on it, it only took 8 million dollars to do it.
Sarcasm aside, this move definitely takes the Orioles offseason down a letter grade in my opinion.
Casual Orioles fans everywhere are freaking out at the speculation that we could end up signing Vlad Guerrero this week. For cereal guys, there are people hanging on every word and really letting the Orioles have it for not getting this done already. The guy is a HOF player and had a “great” year for Texas last year. What are we waiting for? I mean, shouldn’t we all be super excited to sign Vlad Guerrero’s corpse at this stage?
Fuck, that really got boring quickly. Now we have to wait weeks with nothing at all to talk about until Spring Training starts. Yes, the Orioles are apparently not done making moves before camp but nothing major is expected and there has been nothing in the way of news over the last couple of weeks. Sure, a lot of fans have been clamoring for the O’s to sign Vladimir Guerrero but it’s not likely to happen, and I am totally fine with that.
So I haven’t posted any reactions to the Orioles latest moves and for that I am ashamed. So without further adieu I would like to do so now if that would be agreeable. Since you cannot answer me back I will just assume that it is.
With the new year brings new changes….
I have come out of the closet to my parents! It was a really difficult decision, but in the end (hehe) I think it is best for my future that I am honest with not only myself but those close to me as well. My dad was pissed. He did look fabulous though.
In what is obviously a sick joke, the Orioles did this.
What are they doing? They are paying Cesar Izturis 1.5 million dollars to be the club’s utility infielder. I don’t understand it all unless it is a joke to get back at the people like us who bash Cesar. Cesar Izturis is an awful major league baseball player. We are paying him over 3 times the league minimum salary to do the same job as Robert Andino would at the league minimum. Money aside I would probably prefer Andino, but he is also cheaper, younger, and with more upside. I was really, really, really hoping to never have to watch Izturis flailing away helplessly at the plate in an Orioles uniform. All the positive momentum they had going with me has now been killed. The Orioles clearly did this just to spite me.
We need some good news soon to offset this giant dagger.
As most know, I defend Luke Scott the baseball player ferociously. He gets a lot of criticism for his play by dumbasses who have no idea what they are talking about. That’s the real issue, I hate dumb baseball fans much more than I love Luke Scott. Luke Scott is a good baseball player, but this is not the first time he has offered up these sort of opinions. These latest comments are indefensible however, it just makes him look like an idiot and even I must concede that he deserves all the negative criticism that he’s getting for this. I was just surprised to see it spread to the masses as fast as it did. I have seen it on pretty much every major news site and when I turned on the radio during my commute this morning it is all everyone was talking about. I even heard a long conversation about how his rant was “veiled racism”, that actually seems a bit extreme to me. I must say though, if even the guy who is interviewing you calls you out for being blatantly incorrect in your statements you are probably on the wrong track.
Bottom line Luke, it is probably a good idea to pipe down on your extremist political views in the press and do what you do best… grow a sweet ass beard, look menacing, and hit baseballs to the fucking moon. I will still love you come April.
Celebrate with me! The Orioles will officially acquire J.J. Hardy today after coming to an agreement with the Minnesota Twins late last night (if you say early this morning, go fuck yourself). The deal involves minor league relievers Brett Jacobsen, who we acquired in the Aubrey Huff trade in 2009, and Jim Hoey. It is also likely that we will be including our Rule 5 draft pick Adrian Rosario but hat has not been made official yet. The Rosario pick seems a bit odd since Rule 5 picks must be kept on the 25 man roster all year and Rosario is a 20 year old kid just out of rookie ball. Regardless, we have essentially picked up J.J. Hardy, a solid shortstop, for nothing of consequence except money. Also included in the deal is terrible utility man Brendan Harris who was likely added as a salary dump.
The most important part of this acquisition is that I no longer have to watch the excruciating at bats of Cesar “I’m swingin’ a flyswatter” Izturis. The best part is all the old guys who bring up Mark Belanger and talk about how much they love Cesar can shut the fuck up too because Hardy is as good as, maybe even better, than Izturis with the glove too! I like this deal a hell of a lot more than giving up Nolan Reimold to get an inferior player in Jason Bartlett as was rumored before. I have to say that we have made two pretty good trades so far. It looks to me like we will round out the offseason with a first baseman, likely one of Adam LaRoche or Derrek Lee, and a couple of relievers. I would be pleasantly surprised with that amount of activity. Were I in charge, and it’s probably a good thing I’m not, I would also look into getting an old DH a short term deal to add some more pop to the lineup. for example, maybe Jim Thome a cheap one year deal though it seems unlikely he would be interested. That would allow us to move Luke Scott back to left field and Pie to a 4th outfielder role where he can still get plenty of time. That would be a pretty formidable lineup and no one I see as a big time future piece would be getting blocked. I see that scenario as unlikely however. All I know is I’m glad to not have to watch the worst hitter in the major leagues again this year.
We have also completed a deal to re-sign Koji Uehara, which is another good deal. As a reliever, Koji was shut down quality last season. He brings kick ass sideburns, an insane strikeout to walk ratio, and he hasn’t walked a batter since August 5. It will be interesting to see how long this streak lasts.
The Washington Nationals are crazy. No seriously, what the fuck (WTF) are they thinking? This is one of the dumbest contracts I have ever seen. They are paying Jayson Werth 18 million dollars a year until he is 39 years old. Jayson Werth. 7 years. 126 million dollars. For real. The deal is so stupid in fact that Scott Boras didn’t even bother shopping the offer to other teams because it was so much higher than any other team had offered. One GM, told Ken Rosenthal it was “absolutely bat—- crazy”. Danny Knobler says one American League GM “nearly fell over when I told him the terms”. Keith Law called it “irresponsible”.
Carl Crawford probably pissed all over the front of his pants when he heard this news. I have a hard time imagining what the contract he is going to sign will look like now. I have to think he is going to get at least 160 million now. The MLB network had a hot stove predictions question that asked how many nine figure contracts would be given out this offseason. Both Mitch Williams and whoever the other idiot was in this segment said there would be none. I remember thinking 2 to myself (Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee). I did not imagine that Jayson Werth would make it 3. This contract is the 3rd largest contract ever signed by an outfielder, with only Manny Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano receiving larger deals.
Ah, the memories…
Side note: How did that kid above turn into this guy?
Just kidding, they don’t need to announce that if you aren’t an idiot. As usual people are up in arms about the Orioles not signing every single free agent who signs with another team so far this offseason. In casual fans opinion we ought to be signing every single player available every offseason. They say remarkably stupid things like “It’s not my money, what do I care?”. Brilliant. I get it, numbers and math are above your comprehension level, it’s cool. Those of us who understand basic economic concepts know that the Baltimore Orioles cannot afford to spend with the big market clubs in their division, or some others around baseball. We simply do not have the market size or economic climate to do so. What’s that you say? Peter Angelos is rich? Yes, I am well aware of that. You do also realize that anyone who owns a sports team is rich too? Sports teams are an investment first and foremost to almost every single person who buys them. The only exception to this rule is probably Mark Cuban, who is awesome by the way. Peter Angelos and every other baseball owner bought their team to make money, plain and simple. Expecting Angelos to dip into his personal finances to fund his baseball team and operate at a loss is not realistic.
With all of that in mind, how can you not care what the team spends on it’s players? If you understand that they are operating within a specified payroll budget then you have to understand that you can’t afford to buy all of the best players every offseason. Only Boston and New York can operate like that. So let’s stop freaking out every time a big name signs elsewhere. We are not a team with the economic capability of competing with the big markets without hamstringing ourselves later. Can we do more than we currently are doing? Absolutely.
Andy MacPhail came onboard and stressed the need to build a solid team from within. He made two good trades and since then his record has been pretty awful. We’re not spending enough in the draft, we’re not spending an international free agents, we are short on scouts and our development is lacking. This is the real crime. These problems existed well before MacPhail entered the picture however, and we all know what the real problem is:
Fallout from Orioles fans over the offseason at such an early stage is hilarious, I guess we should all be used to it by now since it happens every season. That said, I still find it funny again this season.
If you are looking for a few quick laughs, check out this link.
Adam Dunn has signed a 4 year, 54 million dollar deal with the White Sox. This is around what I expected him to sign for, and apparently for many O’s fans, it was an offer the Orioles should have beat. I’m not so sure.
The Orioles reportedly were in on Dunn and offered him what now looks like a token offer of 4 years/40 million. By no means is that a competitive offer that had any chance of landing Dunn. I know the Orioles aren’t going to spend big on free agents, most fans should know that by now too but it doesn’t stop them from losing their shit about it every fucking offseason. My problem is that the Orioles should just say that instead of pretending to be in on some “targets” and making silly offers. If you aren’t going to play the game, then just tell the fans that and don’t bother even making these token offers. I’m not even sure what they are trying to accomplish with them anyway. You know you aren’t getting Dunn for that offer, and you know announcing that offer isn’t going to please the fan base so I don’t see the endgame here.
What likely happened is they felt out Dunn to see if he was open to becoming a full time designated hitter, when they realized he wouldn’t they made an offer reflecting what they thought he was worth as a first baseman. If Dunn is insistent on playing the field I can understand a significantly lower offer and diminished interest from the Orioles. If I were signing Dunn, he wouldn’t even be allowed to bring a glove in the clubhouse with him. Yes, he is that bad. Adam Dunn holds a career -14.4 UZR/150 at 1B, a -11.2 in LF, and a staggering -52.6 in RF. Don’t like UZR? The Fielding Bible has Dun at totals of -34, -51, and -12 respectively in defensive runs saved at each position. There is no denying that Adam Dunn is a very talented offensive player but he simply cannot play defense…at all. He is so bad defensively that he takes away a great deal of his value at the plate by giving runs back with the glove. If the Orioles didn’t want to sign Dunn to play first I am okay with that, just don’t even tell me you made some bullshit offer. To put it another way: don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.
The A’s…that’s right, the A’s…are reportedly close to signing Adrian Beltre to a 5 year contract. Call me skeptical. Either this is a serious surprise move by Beane or Scott Boras is using the media to drive up his clients price. He’s done that before right? Beltre is a guy I would be interested in but someone is going to sign him to a stupid contract. I would advocate something like a 4/60 deal for hi, but he has already beat that offer. I think it would take a 5 year deal worth about 90 million to bring him to Baltimore and that would be insanity.
For those of you calling for Andy MacPhail to resign over not signing big money free agents, I urge you to hold your breath for a GM to come in a spend the 120-150 million dollars on payroll I read people calling for constantly. I hope you can hold your breath for….forever. MacPhail isn’t the one standing in the way of the Baltimore Orioles becoming a top 3 spending team, simple economic concepts are. I just wish they would commit to being a top class organization somewhere. If you are no going to spend it on payroll, you better be an innovator in the amateur market…we apparently are doing nothing to bring us out of this. To win in the AL East you have to be the best team in baseball. If you aren’t the best in baseball at anything, then how are you going to make that possible?
All of that said, the offseason is still young and it can still be success. Missing out on Beltre and Adam Dunn doesn’t and shouldn’t make or break our offseason. No one should have been expecting to sign any of them anyway. Sign Derrek Lee, Trade for Mark Reynolds and JJ Hardy, re-sign Koji and another arm and I for one will be one happy camper.
A lot has happened recently but we have been unable to post about all of it due to uncontrollable laughter after reading Derek Jeter’s contract demands. I seriously hope the Yankees let him test the market so he can see how much of an “insult” their original offer is.
As expected, the Orioles decided not to offer arbitration to Kevin Millwood. Millwood would have been likely to receive a salary much higher than the Orioles would have wanted to pay him and there was a very good chance he would have accepted the offer. They also decided against offering arbitration to Koji Uehara who had a much better case for it. Koji made 5 million dollars last season and while he pitched well when healthy, he was hurt for a good chunk of the year again and was converted from a starter to a reliever. He would have been unlikely to receive much of a raise if any. If he would have declined the offer and signed with another team the Orioles would have received a compensation pick in the upcoming draft, which is said to be the deepest draft in recent memory. I was originally furious about this decision but since it has occurred many media outlets have reported that it is well known that Koji would have accepted arbitration and the Orioles believe they will re-sign him anyway but to a smaller number than he would have been rewarded. If this occurs then the decision doesn’t look so bad, however if he does sign with another club I will switch back into “Beast Mode”.
This part still doesn’t look awesome though as the Orioles have failed year after year to acquire talent by manipulating the compensation system. The Orioles almost never offer arbitration to qualifying free agents, they don’t acquire qualifying players on expiring contracts (see Lopez, Felipe or Olivo, Miguel), and they frequently trade away players with expiring contracts who qualify for nothing (see Tejada, Miguel or Huff, Aubrey). If the Orioles want to compete while operating as a middle market team in the AL East they will need to start using draft compensation to their advantage. This goes along with “building from within”, which we are constantly reminded is what we are attempting to do. However, we don’t spend a lot of resources in the draft, we don’t attempt to gather more draft picks, and we don’t spend much in international amateur talent. I still don’t know what their plan really is.
The Orioles hired Willie Randolph to round out their coaching staff recently, so they no longer have that as an excuse for inactivity. I really can’t believe they haven’t re-signed Cesar Izturis yet, it’s amazing. Perhaps they are waiting to make the fans believe they actually looked around for other options? It’s coming everyone, don’t you worry.
The Orioles have been loosely linked to several free agents recently but their real interest level is being masked well and rumors have been few and far between. They were apparently very much in on Victor Martinez, who signed with the Tigers recently. The Orioles offer was reportedly 4 years and 48 million dollars. Thank you Detroit for saving us from ourselves this time. That contract would have been horrendous for the O’s. After the signing, Andy MacPhail indicated that Martinez was their top target this offseason. While I respect that they were able to identify a target and put an aggressive offer on the table, this would have been a terrible signing for the Orioles. Yes, Victor Martinez is a great hitter….for a catcher. The Orioles would have used Martinez primarily at first base and occasionally at catcher and DH. The league average OPS for first baseman in MLB last year was .802. Victor Martinez holds a career OPS mark of .838, this is not a masher we are talking about here. Victor Martinez would most likely be a slightly above average bat next year at first while providing what appears to be below average defense with it. On top of that, it is unlikely he would even be that good at ages 35 and 36 AND the Orioles would have had to surrender another second round draft pick. Bottom line, breaking the bank for Victor Martinez would have been a bad idea and I’m glad someone with more money to waste stepped up to jump on the grenade for us. Still, even knowing that it would have been a bad signing, it is a little disheartening to see that the Orioles can’t even get the players that they really want.
I just hope everyone will be as excited as me when the O’s sign Cesar Izturis, Ty Wigginton, and Lyle Overbay and then point to how the team played at the end of last year for hope. I’m not falling for that, and I doubt anyone else is either.
Ken Davidoff of Newsday writes that free agent “outfielder” Johnny Damon is “eyeing Baltimore” in a recent piece. I sincerely hope that the interest there is one sided if true at all. Damon is 37 years old, can’t play the field anymore and can’t hit for any power outside of the new Yankee Stadium in which anything hit in the air to the right side goes out. He also throws about as well as well as my grandmother does with her off hand, which would provide some entertainment if in fact the Orioles are even dumber than I think they are. Damon would be of no use to this team as he has no defensive position and he doesn’t hit nearly well enough to unseat Luke Scott. He is in clear decline and even if he posts similar numbers to last year he will most likely make a very expensive part time DH. The Orioles can’t possibly be interested right? On the other hand, it would seem to be a very typical O’s signing. An aging player who used to be pretty good but never great, now on his last legs coming to Baltimore to die like so many before him…
Derek Jeter’s agent is “baffled” by the Yankees tactics in their ongoing contract negotiations. Really guys? Really? You are baffled by a 3 year, 45 million dollar offer? I’m begging you to walk away from that and see what he gets offered on the open market if you honestly believe that to be some sort of insult. He would not come close to matching that. Derek Jeter was worth about 9 million dollars last year according to Fangraphs and he has been worth less than his actual salary in 7 of the last 9 seasons. He has already been overpaid a significant amount and the Yankees latest offer will still be a significant overpayment, but somehow it isn’t enough? Derek Jeter will be 37 years old for most of next year, he declined greatly last season both with the bat and the glove. I don’t care that he won another Gold Glove, he’s a big reason that award is now a joke, someone needs to help him beat his ego back and realize that whatever the Yankees decide to offer him is the best he is going to get. Whatever occurs, I hope it is the outcome that hurts the Yankees most. Unfortunately I know that money is no object to them and whatever they will do they will always be able to recover from it with a blank check.
The deadline for offering arbitration is fast approaching and I think it will be interesting to see what the Orioles do with Type B free agents Kevin Millwood and Koji Uehara. I would probably decline arbitration with Millwood due to the fear that he would accept. With a salary of 12 million last year it is likely he would get at least half of that in arbitration, which would be too much in my opinion. I would then offer arbitration to Uehara because I do not see any downside. If he accepts we get a solid reliever who will still be relatively cheap for another year and if he declines then we get a draft pick for compensation.
The Orioles are still rumored to be in on both Jason Bartlett and J.J. Hardy, and I am still firmly in the “Anyone but Izturis” camp. I can’t believe there are people seriously advocating we re-sign him. He was literally worth negative dollar values and less than a replacement player. He was one of the very worst players in MLB. The dude was a little above average in the field and a great hitter if you are looking for guys who make a ton of outs (The Orioles do).
I’m still hoping to hear some good news this offseason, but I have to say so far I haven’t heard anything that sounds too promising…
In closing I leave you with this, I hate Derek Jeter.
According to Jeff Zrebiec at the Sun, the Orioles are pursuing both Jason Bartlett and J.J. Hardy. I don’t know if I would like giving up David Hernandez for Bartlett, but it’s nice to see they aren’t settling for Izturis. Anyone but Izturis!
Well, one of my offseason suggestions is now off the table. Dan Uggla was traded to the Braves for the baseball equivalent of a case of beer. I hope the Orioles at least made a phone call because it would be awful hard for me to believe we couldn’t easily beat an offer of Omar Fucking Infante and relief prospect Michael Dunn. Experts agree with me that that seems to be a very weak return for a solid player like Uggla. Really Florida? You ask St. Louis for Colby Rasmus and then take this as a consolation prize? I don’t get it.
I’ll chalk this one up as a missed opportunity, but I’m sure the O’s weren’t even involved.
Hello everyone, yes it’s been a while since we have graced the interwebs. There’s a billion different reasons why our posts tailed off as the season went along so I won’t bore you with the details. (Hint: subtract 1 billion)
It’s offseason time and there is plenty to talk about since the Orioles expect to be very “active”. I use active in quotes because they were expected to be active last offseason too and we ended up with awful, but totally expected, versions of Miguel “I’m actually 47” Tejada and Garrett “Squints” Atkins. My concerns that they had both fallen off a cliff were confirmed and my concerns about the durability of Mike Gonzalez were also confirmed. The season was a disaster and basically everything that could have gone wrong did. Once everyone was healthy however, the Orioles showed that they were not as epically bad as their first half indicated. Most people want to blame the turnaround on the arrival of Buck Showalter as manager, but they would be wrong… mostly. The clear reason for the turnaround the Orioles experienced during the second half of the season was due to an exponential improvement in the starting pitching. Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen all experienced dominant second halves at the same time, while Jake Arrieta and Kevin Millwood both pitched admirably as well. The healthy returns of Koji Uehara and Mike Gonzalez created a bullpen that was also much better than terrible in the second half. Despite the winning, the offense remained awful but we prevented enough runs that it didn’t seem to be consistent with the second half. Still, the Orioles carry obvious holes at 1B, 3B, SS, and possibly LF going into the offseason… so what will they do?
1B -First base will be a “priority” this season just as it was last year. The free agent market is actually pretty deep with first basemen but no elite talent is available this year. Elite talent is most likely not in the Orioles price range anyway. Casual fans can scream all they want that we should be buying every free agent available but the fact is Baltimore cannot spend with the big boys. My preferred route is always to trade for young talent that will be around for a free years rather than short term veterans but I think the Orioles go the latter route here. My prediction is they sign one of Adam LaRoche, Derek Lee, Lance Berkman or Carlos Pena to man the 1 bag. My preferences of those possibilities would be Derek Lee or Lance Berkman, who were both bothered by nagging injuries all year but have shown elite level performance that the other two could only dream about.
3B – The Josh Bell catastrophe last year proved he isn’t ready for the big stage yet, he also may have proved he never will be. A trade seems to be the only likely scenario to get a legitimate upgrade at the hot corner. Adrian Beltre is the only legitimate option in free agency and Baltimore will be priced out of that race before the first offer is even made. I would love to see the Orioles get creative and acquire a talented player such as Alex Gordon or Mark Reynolds, who both may be available. Perhaps they could also try to convince Dan Uggla to move to third base which I wouldn’t hate. It’s unlikely they will be willing to pay Uggla what he wants for an extension however. What I expect the Orioles to actually do is something incredible short sighted and lazy. So they will probably re-sign Ty Wigginton or sign his statistical twin Jorge Cantu, another possibility may be Bill Hall who I may actually prefer out of those three dreadful choices. I really hope I am wrong here.
SS – Cesar Izturis was bad last year. I mean don’t get me wrong, Cesar Izturis has always been bad… but last year was reallyawful even for him. He was the worst hitting regular player in major league baseball last year. Let me stress that again: the worst hitter in major league baseball. Yes, he played slightly above average defense at short but his bat was so epically bad that he was worth less than a replacement player according to WAR. No Belanger references please, I know people love to defend a shortstop who can catch a ball like it’s still 1964. Izturis isn’t in the same stratosphere as Belanger defensively and when compared to peers in his era Belanger was a better hitter too. The comparison is a stretch to say the least. Cesar Izturis is a bad major league baseball player. Once again a trade seems to be the best option here just as it is with 3B. This will become more and more common now with teams realizing the value of young talent and locking them up earlier and earlier. Free agent classes will continue to get thinner and thinner which is why the Orioles must get better in the amateur realm all around. What I would like to see them do is sign J.J. Hardy if he is non-tendered by the Twins but that seems unlikely. They should explore his availability either way. Gordon Beckham is also appearing in trade rumors and he would be my number one target here if true. Yes, he hasn’t played shortstop because of the presence of Alexei Ramirez but all indications are he can still play it. The Orioles could also look into the availability of Jason Bartlett or Reid Brignac in the Rays crowded middle infield situation. What I expect the Orioles will actually do is to re-sign Izturis, despite a plethora of better options in the trade and freee agent markets, because it is cheap and lazy. Hell, there are probably any number of minor league free agents that would be better options as well. I really hope I am wrong here too, but I am nearly 100 percent certain that this is the way it will go down.
LF – Some may disagree with me that LF is a hole going into the season. I know most of use want to believe that we can get a legitimate corner outfielder out of Nolan Reimold or Felix Pie but I’m convinced that we cannot. Reimold’s bat still has potential but even when healthy and hitting he is nothing short of a butcher in the outfield. He should not be guaranteed anything coming into this year. If he earns his way back onto the team that will be a great problem to have but we can’t expect anything. Felix Pie is a real enigma, his talent is obvious but he only shows it in small doses. He went backwards with the progress he made in the plate discipline department in 2009 and went up to the plate with the Adam Jones strategy last season. He also has real problems with durability and even at his best his numbers play much better in center than they do in left. Felix also plays better defense in center according to UZR, though he plays good defense anywhere in the outfield. I would like to see either Jones or Pie moved, preferably Jones because his value will be much higher, but that is for a different post. There are two elite free agents (Werth and Crawford) available for left field this offseason but both are likely out of the Orioles’ price range. That leaves a thin crop headed by Manny Ramirez, Pat Burrell, and Brad Hawpe. I also can’t see any of the free agents available to be a huge upgrade here. What I would like to see if for the Orioles to acquire both a first baseman and another hitter than could DH, they could then move Luke Scott back to left where he wants to play and where he is actually pretty good despite lacking the athleticism of the other two options. He is clearly the best offensive player. What I expect the Orioles will actually do is nothing, they will continue to run out whoever is healthy out of Pie and Reimold.
To fill in other areas I am hoping the Orioles re-sign Koji Uehara, he has shown that he can be a dominant reliever when available and we are locking backend types right now. I just hope they don’t repeat past mistakes by throwing tons of years and money at the bullpen. That is always a mistake and I hope they have learned that lesson by now. I could also see them being interested in a veteran starter like Jon Garland, but I am hoping they stay out of that market. I would prefer they go into the year with a rotation consisting of Guthrie, Matusz, Bergesen, Arrieta, and Tillman with Zach Britton ready to step up when needed. Unless of course they trade Guthrie, which would be a great idea with him coming off of a rebound season. I would also not be opposed to taking fliers on a reclamation project like Erik Bedard or Rich Harden and trying them out in the bullpen to preserve their arms… Hey, it worked for Kerry Wood. It would be low risk with the potential for high reward if they can be remotely healthy.
I expect the Orioles to be far less than active and to make a few small moves with nothing ground breaking or creative being done. That’s always been Andy MacPhail’s modus operandi. I think we will see some small scale free agency moves with very little trading and we will continue not to be competitive in the amateur market in comparison to the rest of the AL Beast. I see another season with an absolute ceiling of 85 wins, with a more likely range somewhere within 75-82. Once again, I hope I am wrong.
I didn’t get to see last night’s game due to a prior engagement but after watching the highlights I have decided that Jake Arrieta is clearly an asshole. After Carl Crawford beat out what would have been a double play for probably anyone else in baseball, Arrieta was furious and decided to take it out on Crawford’s genitals.
Watch it here.
I know it makes me a douche to laugh at people getting hurt but seriously… that’s funny.