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  1. Three Run Homer

    Your 2019 Team

    The O's aren't going to contend in 2019, but that doesn't mean they should force-feed players like Hays and (I would argue) Cisco and Stewart, who haven't proven that they can hit AA and/or AAA pitching. I don't think it helps a player's long term development to throw him into the deep end of the pool when he's not ready to swim yet. I'm fine with Mullins and Nunez being everyday players in 2018, and we'd might as well give substantial playing time at 2B or SS to Ricky Martin and/or Drew Jackson, since they have to be on the MLB roster anyway. For C and corner OF, I'd sign some cheap free agents and then use them as trade bait if they play well and/or if some upper level prospects establish that they are ready for the majors.
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    Time to give the Angelos boys some credit

    I'm pleased with this hire. They could have hired some retread like Ned Coletti--that's what many were predicting a month ago. Instead they took a chance on a young person from an outstanding organization who seems to have progressive ideas on how to run a club.
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    Sandy Gaston (Orioles miss out)

    I can defend trading useful players to get international slot money. I can defend not wanting to outbid the Marlins or the Rays considering what they wound up paying for VVM and Gaston. But I can't defend trading useful players to get international slot money, AND THEN not being willing to outbid the Marlins or the Rays to get VVM or Gaston. Why make international slot money a centerpiece of your trade deadline strategy if you weren't willing to spend that money to get international players? Just complete organizational incompetence.
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    The early returns from the four deadline deals

    Sometimes you have to take a step backward now to take a step forward later. If you have developed bad habits that will hurt you at higher levels, you need to change your approach, even if in the short run you will struggle while getting used to doing things differently. Luke's description of mechanical changes made by some of these players give me more hope that they will eventually succeed.
  5. I'd offer him a fair one-year deal, but if he gets anything more than one year he's going to be blocking a prospect.
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    On the verge of infamy

    Orioles need to set their pitching rotation for the KC series...I say Dylan Bundy, a callup for Jimmy Yacabonis and a spot start for Miguel Castro. Is it too late to give Tillman another chance?
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    Bruce Zimmermann

    I don't believe in Zimmerman. (Sorry, couldn't resist...I have nothing against him, really)
  8. Three Run Homer

    Bundy is Broken

    Shut him down and give John Means a shot for the rest of the season.
  9. This may be the only way for the Orioles to get out from under Chris Davis' contract, so I'm all for it.
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    Mullins is with the Orioles! (edited)

    Don't forget Jace Peterson! 😲
  11. Three Run Homer

    Are You Happy

    I voted no. I was excited to see that we had traded Gausman and Schoop because I thought it makes sense to rebuild from the ground up and I thought we would get back some good propsects. That could still be the outcome, but I'm more than underwhelmed by what we got back. In my opinion, Dillon Tate, Yusniel Diaz and Dean Kremer are better prospects than any of the players we got today.
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    Grade the Gausman Deal

    I'd love to see the O's sign VVM, but did they have to make this trade to make that happen? They already had more slot money than anyone else to throw around. Getting $2.5 million more in bonus money seems like overkill. Encarnacion seems to have the highest ceiling of the guys we got, but a 13/100 K/BB ratio in the Sally League is a major red flag for me. How many players have succeeded in the major leagues who had such an awful approach at this stage of their careers? It's hard enough to project guys who have great numbers in the minors--lots of them never pan out. Aren't the odds even longer when you try to project guys who have major warts in their track record? Not impressed by either of today's trades. Very disappointing after the excellent returns we got for Manny and Zach. Why make a trade just to make a trade?
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    Grade the Schoop Deal

    I gave it a D. I would like someone to explain why Ortiz is considered a top prospect when he has a 3.77 ERA in his third season at AA. I'm old enough to remember when we had a supposedly great pitching prospect named Chris Fussell in the late 1990s. Everyone on the O's talked about how great his stuff was, but he never had great results in the minor leagues, and he never amounted to anything in the majors either. At some point results matter. If Ortiz' stuff is so great, why can't he dominate in his third season at AA? Carmona is another case when the scouting reports say one thing and the numbers say another. A good prospect shouldn't be hitting .236 in the Pioneer League.
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    Orioles Deal Gausman/O'Day to Braves - Schoop to Brewers

    Who are we going to spend all this money on? It's not going to take that kind of money to sign VVM, and most of the other top international prospects are already signed, aren't they?
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    Orioles Deal Gausman/O'Day to Braves - Schoop to Brewers

    My initial impression is that I don't like any of the players we got in either of these trades. Luis Ortiz was a first round pick a few years ago but he is mediocre in his third try at the Southern League. Jonathan Villar is filler. Jean Carmona is young but he is struggling to hit in the Pioneer League. Brett Cumberland was a second round pick a couple of years ago but can't hit .250 in the low minors. Jean Encarnacion has a 13/100 BB/K ratio in the low minors. Brett Zimmerman is a former fifth round pick; good K/IP and ERA at A/AA but lots of walks. Evan Phillips looks like a major league ready bullpen guy, so that's fine. I don't think any of these guys deserve to be in our top 10. Maybe Ortiz, on stuff/reputation alone, but the results are not there and results matter. I was very impressed by what DD was able to bring back for Machado and Britton. These trades just seem like salary dumps or making moves for the sake of making moves. If the value wasn't there, they shouldn't have pulled the trigger. I think we got fleeced, big time.