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  1. dabirds

    How long does your blank check for Elias last?

    No blank check. I need to hear his plan and see him follow it immediately. I know it will be a few years to see results at the major league level, but i need to see the plan in motion...
  2. dabirds

    When will the Orioles Announce hirings?

    Not sure I understand the love for Cherrington. He did an absolutely horrible job in Boston. I want no part of him.
  3. dabirds

    A couple of unusual September call ups

    I agree i would love to see Yaz called up! Why not?
  4. dabirds

    New O's

    His hits have all be solid hits, either grounders to the of or line drives.
  5. This guys says the Yankees got a steal and didn't give up anything of value. i don't necessarily agree with him but thought I would share for anyone interested. https://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2018/07/why_yankees_trade_for_zach_britton_is_more_than_a.html
  6. dabirds

    Angelos Has Sold the O's to You. What's Your Plan?

    This is a great post and I agree with most, but I wouldnt be so quick to get rid of DD. I would have a long coversation with him to understand his vision and philosophy before making any decisions on his future. If he shared my vision I would give him til the end of the year to prove himself, if he was even interested in staying. I would also want to talk with the mayor and governor to see if there were any ways we could work together to make a visit to the park as fan friendly and safe as possible. I went to the game Saturday and there were a bunch of things I would change to enhance the fan experience. Obviously the product on the field is the highest priority, but it will be a tough couple of years so need to get people to come to the games!
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    Cubs rumored to have deal (offer) for Manny

    Yuck. I want no part of Baez. Just more of the same - power with no OBP. Try to get Happ instead...
  8. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    I have no issues with that. I have no proof, but I highly doubt they did either one. Very frustrating. It goes back to the other thread. They seem to have no plan, they just react. You should not run a billion dollar investment that way. Not smart.
  9. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    Apples and oranges. The Yankees had much better teams, plus they are willing to spend the money to extend players. If the extension does not work the extra money is easily absorbed. That is not the case for us.
  10. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    I do not agree with this. The GM should be looking multiple years down the road and not just keeping their fingers crossed for the next season. Also, even though they made the playoffs the team had a ton of weaknesses that needed to be addressed. You also have to realize that there is NO WAY Britton could improve on the year he had in 2016 and get top value for him, especially after the return on Miller and Chapman and how much the teams used them in the playoffs. And if you are not extending Manny you have to trade him. Just to show I had these same thoughts back then here is one of a very few threads I started to discuss.
  11. dabirds

    Os requesting offers on Machado

    Ha, a second too late. Story of my life!
  12. That's reasonable, but I would suspect that you would be more involved in the overall strategy. There should be no way the owner should let the GM negotiate with teams over their star player without guidelines in place and then veto the deal when it comes back to him. I know if I was owner I would want to know the GM's strategy going into the offseason and agree to a plan with him before he starts making moves. I would never let something like this go so far along without him knowing my feelings on the progress and a pretty good idea of what I would accept and what I would not.
  13. I agree I dont like the opt out. They should allow escalators for statistcal achievements, rather than for stuff like games played or awards won. Stuff like an extra million for 35 homeruns. An extra million for a qualifying OPS over .850. etc