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  1. If Orioles don’t contend, a contender will want Cobb.
  2. Now that Castillo is gone, pitching will be much better. Playoffs not out of questionwith Cobb
  3. The Yankees should be fined $300mm. How else are they going to learn their lesson.
  4. Buck is differentiating here a little though. He thinks that Mountcastle doesn't do a good job controlling the strike zone making him susceptible to making easy outs. The lack of walks in the minors is just proof of this since minor league pitchers don't throw a ton of strikes. Schoop, for example, walked 50 times in AA. I think he is worried that Mountcastle swings at too many bad pitches, not that he doesn't take enough walks. Those are actually two different things, though admittedly related. He thinks not Mountcastle will hit .280 in the majors and only walk 20 times, but instead hit .220 because pitchers make him expand the zone.
  5. Cashner signing

    He was injured. Remember the Orioles found something on his physical. Due to media pressure about the Orioles physicals being too tough they signed him to a lesser contract.
  6. Cashner signing

    Interesting that his fastball velocity increased as the season went on although his K rate wasn't really affected. https://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfxo.aspx?playerid=8782&position=P&pitch=FA&data=pi
  7. Os requesting offers on Machado

    You are correct because I think a lot of his WAR was tied up in his defense which I think will degrade some while his offense is more likely to be similar to Adam Jones in the past.
  8. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I love Manny but he is tremendously overrated based on what he is about to get paid. His OPS among 3rd basemen was 14th last year. His OBP was 19th. I am not saying that Manny is the 14th or 19th best third baseman all things considered (defense, age, etc...). However, I don't think he will ever perform as even a top 10 player in any given year going forward because so much of his value is defense (which will inevitably deteriorate) . Last year he wasn't top 40 in WAR. His ability to walk really worries me re: his value going forward.
  9. Os requesting offers on Machado

    Cubs can only improve in so many ways. They have at least good players in every position. When you are in that spot as a team, upgrading to a great player at the expense of a good player is the only way to improve. So, if you weren’t a team that has only one once in 100+ years it may not make sense to deal Russell as part of a deal for Machado but if you are the Cubs you have to do so someway. Almora is the part that doesn’t make as much sense to me for the Orioles unless it is a pure centerfield replacement for Jones. I guess they like him more than they like any other available pitchers from Cubs and could flip him if necessary because Orioles outfield glut actually is a glut
  10. Os requesting offers on Machado

    So, show evidence that he carries their water. There are plenty of times that he seems at odds with the direction or moves of the team. The guy works hard and if he were fire could get plenty of other gigs.
  11. Os requesting offers on Machado

    If you threaten to walk sometimes the bids get better. There are a lot of different approaches to negotiating
  12. Os requesting offers on Machado

    Nope. He did an interview on MLB radio from winter ball
  13. On the playing SS thing, Manny should be thanking the Orioles that they played him at 3rd. He doesn't look so special playing SS. He is special at 3rd. The position flexibility has also increased his value. Manny is a much better hitter, but his 3rd vs. SS reminds me a bit of the extra value that Heyward had as a rightfielder vs. if he were a CF.
  14. Os requesting offers on Machado

    If Giolito , I worry that it’s because Don Cooper didn’t think he could fix him. Cooper is one of the best in the business. Not saying that I wouldn’t take Giolito though.