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  1. POR

    Top President Candidates?

    If they are able to hire a successful GM by calling him the President and if they are able to hire his top assistant by calling him the GM that is fine. I am focused on the following 1. One person clearly in charge of baseball operations. 2. Clearly defined roles. 3. No half executive, half coach. Brady is either an executive or a strength and conditioning coach, not both.
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    Top President Candidates?

    Epstein, MacPhail and Mozeliak are running those organization. My point being Epstein is in charge of baseball operations for the Cubs and Hoyer is his top assistant regardless of title. How is Epstein's role with the Cubs different than Luhnow with Astros? I don't believe it is..
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    O's need to a plan for SS this season

    I don't think you have a very good idea how smart teams make decisions. It come down to each player's value not their 2018 WAR, but their future value. If you think you can get more for Villar than he is worth, than you trade him this off season. If you think Villar is undervalued you keep him, hope he has a good 100 games and look at trading him at the trade deadline in July. If you think Beckham is going to get more in arbitration than he is worth, then you non-tender him.
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    O's need to a plan for SS this season

    It is tough to predict what the market for players like Iglesias and Mercer will be. You may be right. To me they seem like the type of lower middle class position players whose market has really dried up in recent years. I could see them not having any offers come February and signing an inexpensive one year deal.
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    Top President Candidates?

    Regardless of title I believe there should be one person responsible for baseball decisions. There can be a President on the business, but I don't like the two headed model for baseball decisions. What you are describing is what the Giants had when they promoted Brian Sabean and made Bobby Evans the GM. What is an example of this type of front office structure being successful? Here is the Astros front office. http://houston.astros.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=hou Business responsibilities are clearly separated from baseball operations and Jeff Luhnow is clearly in charge of baseball operations. You don't have someone (Brady Anderson) who is buddies with the owner doing whatever they want. Roles are defined. I think the Astros have the ideal front office structure.
  6. Article and podcast. https://www.prospectslive.com/lists/2018/10/8/baltimore-orioles-top-30-prospects Pretty good list. McKenna at six is higher than on most lists. I would list Wells and Pop higher.
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    O's need to a plan for SS this season

    Are you saying you think Beckhsm is better defensively than Iglesias and Mercer or that you think Iglesias and Mercer will get more than $5 million? I don't agree with either.
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    How can you guys not be talking more about Sano?

    I don't believe Sano has ever gotten in trouble for PEDs. Story does not belong in this topic.
  9. What are you basing this on? Based on the rankings on mlb.com and baseball america this would be a big surprise. Victor Victor is number one in both rankings. Gaston is 16th on the MLB list and 24th on BA. Mesa Jr is not ranked in MLBs top 30 nor supposedly in Ben Badler top 50 at BA. Most of the list is Mesa Jr's age. http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=int
  10. The amount of money is artificially low. If there was not the new MLB international signing rules that went into effect a couple of years ago, Mesa would likely be looking at $50 million (see Puig, Tomas, Olivera etc). The $2.5 million in international bonus money the Orioles received in the Gausman trade was a big piece of the trade. Virtually everyone else is already signed and if the Orioles don't spend it, it does not carry over to next year. Therefore, it is difficult to believe that Mesa is not worth virtually all the Orioles can offer even if they are not impressed. The Orioles trading away $750k in international bonus money for Jack Zoellner never made any sense. I refuse to believe that they legitimately consider a player who will be 24 last month and put up mediocre numbers in the GCL any type of prospect at all. If Mesa turns out to have a decent career, the difference between what the Orioles and Marlins can offer is very small in the scheme of his career earnings.
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    Top Manager Candidates

    When a team losses a 110 games I am not interested in promoting from within. While I do not like recycled managers, I also am not interested in hiring someone who has never managed before.Too much unknown and the major leagues is not the place to learn on the job even when rebuilding. There are a lot of long time major league players that were considered smart gritty players that would make good managers. However, when they get a major league manager's job, the reality is that they often are in over their head and being a player that projects to be a manager does not translate in reality (Mathany, Ausmus, Ventura and Weiss) . I like managers that have a record of success in the minor leagues and gained experience by managing hundreds of games. I have a name of someone I would like for the Orioles to consider and it is a good memorable name, Stubby Clapp. He is 45 years old and has managed the Memphis Red Birds to two consecutive PCL titles. I think he would be good with young players and bring a different and new energy to the organization. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stubby_Clapp The Orioles had success once before with a manager who was very short, colorful and had a mediocre playing career as a 2nd basemen in the Cardinals organization and sometimes history repeats itself.
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    Instructs

    A lot of good info here. https://www.prospectslive.com/from-the-field/2018/9/22/live-looks-baltimore-orioles-instructs-92218
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    Rosenthal: Orioles are in a state of confusion

    The gist of the article was that Angelos ' health getting bad at the same time that the Orioles are having a historically bad season with Buck and DD' contract being up, means that there is a great deal of uncertainty. This seems obvious and I don't understand the posts about the article being a hatchet job or even negative. The only piece of new info from the article is that the league is setting a deadline of the Orioles to determine who is in charge. As an Orioles fan this should be good news because there are a number of important decisions to be made and worst thing would be if the who is in charge question were to not be resolved.
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    Rosenthal: Orioles are in a state of confusion

    It is pretty silly to judge an organization based on one trade. I happen to think Antanasio, Stearns and Counsell are all pretty smart and innovative. However, the big difference is that they likely to be in their roles for the near future. The point of the Rosenthal article is that it is up in the air who is making ownership decisions for the Orioles including deciding who is in charge of baseball operations which would include selecting a manager and player development / scouting.
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    Rosenthal: Orioles are in a state of confusion

    I must of read a different article. The article simply said Angelos is not in good health and is not expected to recover. The league wants the Orioles to appoint a new control person in the next few months and it is uncertain who that will be. That is hardly a hack job and no where did it say anyone in MLB is up in arms or even upset.
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