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  1. Chromehill

    The Colby Rasmus Appreciation Thread

    In message board world I am with you, he would be gone. Problem is, in the real world there are issues such as real $92 million dollars and possible union grievances if they just outright tell him he is not going to play. I like to joke put him at catcher as a way to force him out. Reality is, they have to give him some kind of plan, if he does not follow it and then does not produce, parking him on the bench is a lot easier from a legal consequences standpoint, especially if trying to get him to accept a buyout. It is interesting, the O's are not going anywhere the next few years, they can afford to play the long game with Davis. One way or another he does not make it through the next 4 years with the O's, either outright release or buyout will occur at some point.
  2. Analytics would not have deterred the Orioles from resigning Davis to that monster contract. Peter did the deal himself, no stopping that. Maybe analytics helps if they convince Buck and Brady it is a bad idea and they influence Peter. Boras called Peter and the rest is history.
  3. Chromehill

    'GM' Candidates and when

    A huge difficulty with relocating a franchise is that other than Montreal, what city has a stadium with a large enough attendance capacity to accommodate a major league team? Olympic Stadium in Montreal is 40 years old. The largest AAA stadium in the country is 16,907 in Buffalo. If a team relocates, they will take a financial bath based upon lack of attendance for 2 to 4 years waiting for the stadium to be built. Would moving to Montreal with their decrepit stadium be any better than the situation in Baltimore? The Orioles are not going anywhere, eventually MLB will expand and add two teams in new cities. The only wildcard is what to do about the Rays and the A's, their situations are bad, they very well could relocate and play in a minor league stadium waiting for a new stadium to be built.
  4. Chromehill

    The Colby Rasmus Appreciation Thread

    After the O's are done hiring a President, GM, manager and coaching staff, they need to put together an off-season plan for Davis. Tell him what he needs to do S&C wise and swing wise. Pay someone to work with him this offseason. Then make it abundantly clear, if he does not produce he will not at all for the next four years. You have to give him a chance to resurrect himself, if he doesn't then he doesn't play. I don't think he will significantly improve no matter what he does, then it becomes a game of chicken with him. How long can the O's keep him around before eating the contract versus how long Davis likes being away from home and not playing baseball. Of course you could keep playing him, home only and let the crowd give him some encouragement to walk away.
  5. Chromehill

    The Colby Rasmus Appreciation Thread

    Exactly. When you have made $96 million in your career and you have another $18 million or so deferred money coming to you in about 10 years, walking away is easily doable. Would I walk away from my job, heck no, eating in about a year would become a real challenge. Chris Davis is not like most people, he can walk away, can probably get a nice chunk of money to walk away.
  6. Chromehill

    Top President Candidates?

    Problem is this, if you are a young baseball exec with a great reputation, you have to think that other opportunities will come up. Do you take the O's job which historically has had lots of interference from the owner and is basically dysfunctional, or do you wait for something else to come up. If you take the O's job, you know you are not going to be able to leave for the better opportunity while under contract. With the brothers supposedly running the O's, it is really a big unknown when making the decision to take the O's job. My opinion, if Pete is breathing, I am not taking the O's GM job. Too many other people over the years have been told one thing and gotten something else.
  7. Chromehill

    The Colby Rasmus Appreciation Thread

    At least by quitting he forfeited the remainder of his salary. He could have gone through the motions for the second half of the season and taken another $1.5 million from the Orioles. Now if a certain first basemen would follow the Rasmus plan.
  8. Chromehill

    Top President Candidates?

    I think this time may be different. Pete is supposedly out of the picture. If you are an up and coming baseball person, if you can get the financial commitment from the brothers about building analytics, scouting, international players and player development, etc. then you have what you need to build the next 3 or 4 years and be judged on that. When they went through this in 2011, they had not yet hit rock bottom.
  9. Chromehill

    Marlins Add Even More Mesa $

    I think it would be a good shot in the arm PR wise for the Orioles. Definitely agree about the Marlins, given all the heat that Jeter took last offseason with the dismantling of the team, they really cannot afford to let these 3 Cuban prospects get away. They are going to keep acquiring international slot money until they hit their possible maximum allocation. At that point, if they don't sign all three, nothing more they could have done.
  10. Agree. Who cares if Tillman failed as the 5th starter, problem for the 2018 O's was the first through fourth starters along with a lot of other things. No doubt it was an ill advised signing and no idea what the O's were looking at when evaluating him over the winter. Just another example of Orioles dysfunction that hopefully will be part of the dust bin of history going forward.
  11. Roger Clemens would tell you McNamara blundered by taking him out of the game. Clemens had a blister on his finger that prevented him from throwing anything other than fastballs. Clemens insisted he could get the Mets out with just using his fastball. In that situation, my ace who was 24-4 with a WHIP below 1 insists he can get the job done, I am leaving him in the game.
  12. Chromehill

    Marlins Add Even More Mesa $

    I think the O's are in on VVM, problem is he and his brother and Gaston want to sign with the Marlins. Couple that with it would be a huge PR black eye for the Marlins if they sign elsewhere...Marlins have been busy acquiring slot money. Both organizations need a PR win, you could offer the whole pot of money to VVM and see if he takes it, problem is, is he worth that much money? Maybe the O's are waiting to hire their new employees before making the decision on VVM.
  13. Chromehill

    Marlins Add Even More Mesa $

    The only way it makes sense if DD was told by mgmt. that they would not be willing to spend the actual full amount of dollars allocated to the international signing pool. In that case, use it or lose it. Still gave up too much free money for a guy who was probably going to be released.
  14. Exactly, when negotiating with someone, if they do not have any other viable offers, no need to sweeten the deal with a limited no trade clause. Nothing more than another over reaction to losing Nelson Cruz. Of course Trumbo is not the same type of player as Cruz either.
  15. If your read George Will's "Men at Work", I believe that is what Ripken did. Based on positioning upon the pitch and location.
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