If he want's 500...I would give it to him. But it would require him to be here 15 years......or a lifetime Oriole.
I mean compared to Davis, it's almost a no brainer. Are there risks? Sure. Do I think the Orioles will do anything? No.
But if Machado gave me a number to stay, if it meant lifetime Oriole, I'm buying.
Edit to add: Of course, keeping Manny still requires trading him now, and cleaning house of leadership and naming a GM and giving him/her the power to make baseball decisions.
And yes, I understand that is a fantasy.
If we put a reliever in for the first inning, would Tillman pitch any better from inning 2 onward? He always seemed to me to be a guy who needs more time to warm up, since his first inning is always terrible, but if he makes it to the second inning, he settles down big time. You only get so much time to warm up, because of the way they organize the games. So maybe if he was able to spend the first inning still warming up, and pitching like he would pitch the first inning, he could start in the second inning after he's worked out his issues and be effective?
I guess we might never know the answer when it comes to Tillman, but Cobb is kind of the new Tillman (or the new Ubaldo) so maybe we'll try it with him.
Or maybe Cobb will finally get into midseason form in mid to late August and we won't need to worry about him anyway. He got a ridiculously, almost criminally late start on the season for some dumb reason, so as far as his arm is concerned the date is probably about April 3rd. By the time he's as ready to go as Gausman/Bundy are now, we'll be winding down the season.