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  1. One reason why the Orioles have not improved their rotation

    Sale and Verlander had the most quality starts last year at 23. I understand what you're saying, but I'm sorry, it's a fantasy world to get 30 QS from a pitcher with a 4.50 ERA.
  2. One reason why the Orioles have not improved their rotation

    There's no way Arrietta wants to come back here. Darvish is too expensive. I like Cobb and Lynn - but I could easily see their ERAs going over 4.00 next year. It is silly to give a ton of money to a pitcher over 30 that has had Tommy-John surgery with stats that pointing in the wrong direction. There's a reason none of these guys have been signed yet. Clubs are skeptical of them.
  3. Manny is great - but I agree: Arenado, Bryant, Donaldson are superior players. If you count Jose Ramirez as a third baseman - I think he's better too. Then, there's also Rendon, Lamb, Bregman, Turner, Moustakas - even Longoria and Seager. Third base is loaded with talent right now. Machado isn't the Buster Posey of his position. I'm not sure Machado is even a top five shortstop with Correa, Lindor, Seager, Simmons, and Turner out there, too.
  4. File and Trial Arbitrations?

    Can anyone think of another player who was out for the first half of the season who went to arbitration? Does an injury actually impact an arbitration argument?
  5. Perusing the FA pitcher list...

    I agree - surprised that there hasn't been much talk about Jamie Garcia. Left handed pitcher, shouldn't be too expensive, can provide some innings.
  6. Simply Extension?

    I think we really underrate Jones on this board. I think it'll take 5 years and at least $75 million to keep him.
  7. Wieters credited with helping Nats Pitching

    Thanks for putting together those stats. I always thought that Wieters called a good game. I really doubt, however, that Wieters' presence in 2017 could have turned our awful pitching staff into something respectable. They were just that stinkin' bad.
  8. Haven't seen this posted yet - but interesting article from Forbes regarding payroll and team value information about all 30 MLB teams: Link Orioles had an estimated -$2.1 million operating loss last season. Only other teams with operating losses last season were the Tigers (-$36.4 million), Dodgers (-$20.5 million), Marlins (-$2.2 million), and Royals (-$.9 million). O's had the 9th highest payroll in baseball at $164.3 million.
  9. I think the O's ceiling is limited until they can finally figure out how to develop a homegrown front-of-the-rotation starter. Pitchers seem to flourish as soon as they leave here. The O's have to be doing something wrong.
  10. Exactly - you aren't getting back a prospect for that small difference in cash. I can see a team that has money but still rebuilding - like the Phillies - take on Kemp for prospects. But, trading Kemp for Trumbo is kind of a lateral move.
  11. Slow Offseason around MLB

    Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers was always someone who was willing to give a big contract to a top free agent. His passing has resulted in one less aggressive owner to get the market started.
  12. I mean, at the time - Manny had bad knees and was throwing bats at people, so I guess I get why they didn't go all in on an extension. But, I completely agree, they definitely should have. He clearly had amazing talent and at worst - if his knees got bad - you had a 1B/DH who could hit. Hopefully the O's learn their lesson and lock up their young talent in the future.
  13. Os requesting offers on Machado

    According to MLB.com, Kopech is the best pitching prospect behind Ohtani. 10th best overall. Did well in AA and AAA last year. Only 21. http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2017
  14. Os requesting offers on Machado

    Do you happen to remember where you saw these reports about Lou watching Dan?
  15. Os requesting offers on Machado

    Definitely. In a world where Tommy Hunter just got 2/$18 million - Brach and Britton should bring back a haul.