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  1. And maybe I wasn't clear. Not so much about those particular players, but more a what-if exercise (to use another Showalterism), to wonder: If this is all we end up for solid players from these trades, will we be happy with the return? I think I'd be satisfied if it panned out like that, with those guys.
  2. Sure, anything's possible. I'm going by early returns and then just made a leap of sheer intuition.
  3. More like not having much hope for Tate or Carroll, so hoping Rogers' moxie translates to some moderate success as a swingman. Admittedly, there's still lots of snow (white noise) in the crystal ball.
  4. Here's what I'm thinking we end up with from these deals, as decent nuggets: Machado >> Kremer Schoop >> Villar Britton >> Rogers Gausman, O'Day >> Mesa, Encarnacion Could be worse. Guess we'll take what we can get.
  5. Two things stand out for me from the article: Has there ever been a wider spread of regular standings in a division than this year's AL East? And while it's comforting to see BAL middle if the pack in the 45 FV prospects, how depressing is it to see 0 at the 50 FV benchmark?
  6. And for Hammonds it seems like the injuries were really the only thing holding him back. Similar to Reimold, in that respect... and countless "can't miss" pitching prospects passing before our eyes and flaming out over the years (decades)...
  7. With all this, Hays reminds me of Jeffrey Hammonds. 😥
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    Tracking Ex Oriole Thread

    Indeed, terrible results for McDowell. If managers can be rated by W-L record, surely pitching coaches could/should be rated by their staff ERAs. Is any data out there? (OK, another Floyd reference
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    Tracking Ex Oriole Thread

    You're right; and for me the negatives outweigh(ed) the positives because the potential was so tempting, and needed, and expected (more than, say, Daniel Cabrera's ceiling). And you're right too, that we'll have to wait and see. Seems the balance of the scales so far, with pitchers here vs. elsewhere, is that something in our coaching & development is lacking or messed up. Wonder if anyone has arrived at a convincing summary of our recent cases (Arrieta, Davies, Norris, Bridwell, ERod, etc.). Hard to quantify, too, with different comments from players, pro and con the coaching.
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    Tracking Ex Oriole Thread

    That looks more familiar.
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    Jonathan Villar- Our new 2B?

    One out of three sounds about right.
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    Jonathan Villar- Our new 2B?

    Right, and as an upsetting force on the basepaths, he drove the Orioles nuts before they traded for him from the White Sox.
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    Jonathan Villar- Our new 2B?

    The go-go O's!👯
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    Anybody home? Anyone here?

    Now that was an enjoyable game to watch. Villar is setting the tone - he's a keeper.
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    An Early Look at the 2019 Draft

    Another factor is injury risk... Which I imagine is far greater for pitchers. So I would think it makes the most sense to draft high for position players (lower risk) and then fill lower slots with pitching depth. And if you have the cash, sign or trade for TOR pitchers when they prove (relatively, of course) their durability.
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