Yes and we shall soon see how all that stuff like loyalty to Baltimore, being an Oriole for life PR changes on a dime. But even Cal at one point made noise about signing elsewhere. We shall see. The reality is that teams like us, Pirates, Brewers, Twins, etc cannot afford sentiment with long time players...unless you just want to keep on losing. If his value remains as corner outfielder, then extend him. If not, then thanks for the memories, good luck getting a CF gig with a contender.
outstanding! I agree. And welcome! We can just look at 2014 and see what even a moderate improvement in starting pitching can lead to. But if it is an all in 2018 plan, then trading Machado is not happening. If they sign two good starters, keep Machado who then has the walk year of walk years and we win the World Series, I will forgive the non trade of Manny. But short of that...no. And as you point out, the much more likely outcome is signing mediocrity, finishing last AND then letting Manny, Zach, Adam just walk.