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  1. Thank goodness you aren't calling the shots in Baltimore. They had 89 wins in 2016 and went toe to toe with an excellent Jays team. There's no way you leave a season like that and trade a pitcher like Britton. And no one knew that 2017 - injury or play wise - would turn out like it did. The orioles did absolutely the right thing in trying to make one more push into 2017. By your logic we should see the market flooded with controllable All Star caliber free agents every off season from teams that are expected to compete. It doesn't typically happen - ever - especially with a commodity as valuable as a legit All Star closer.
  2. Can you tell me one team that traded their lights out all star closer (still under control for more than one year) the season immediately proceeding a playoff run?
  3. Why in the world would anyone trade him when they still are pushing to compete??? makes zero sense. They were still trying to make a run and rightly so. I’m 1000% glad they stuck with these guys, even while in the WC Chase last year.
  4. Some of you guys are literally unbelievable. The Os could have traded Britton for 3 sure shot hall of famers and you’d still be bitching that the Orioles didn’t hold out for enough. It’s like this never ending pitty party where you’re either kicking the team as a whole or questioning the intelligence of some of the folks running the show. Full-on adult internet tantrums. you gotta relax and enjoy the process. Look at the bright side and positive for a change. You’ll be a lot happier for it, that’s for sure.
  5. Todd-O

    How long will this take?

    Two of our actual playoff runs didn't have Manny in the fold (injury)... and during our 2014 playoff run we didn't have MW, Manny, or CD. More than likely, we would have made it to the WS with those three. It was just bad luck... and it was great to experience.
  6. This is complete garbage. You’ve got one no-name kid spouting that he didn’t succeed, here, with zero reference point and zero actual knowledge of his personality, work ethic, situation, etc. Wht is anyone supposed to do with this information? Absolutely nothing, that’s what.
  7. Heading into last season, the teams with the most wins over the previous 10 years was as follows: 1) Yankees 913 2) Cardinals 892 3) Angels 881 4) Dodgers 878 5) Red Sox 873 6) Rangers 861 7) Tigers 855 😎 Rays 841 9) Giants 838 10) Phillies 834 World Series appearances aside, the top 5 speaks volumes... and all those wins most certainly lead to bigger dollars coming in the form of advertising, butts in the seats, and TV audiences. Seven of those teams were in the top 10 for attendance last year. We can argue about this til we're blue in the face... but the fact that a core group of teams can buy big name talent even in the face of paying penalties for eclipsing spending lines, while others can't, is lame.
  8. Todd-O

    Its Mullins time...

    Just to be clear: His name is spelled "Cedric"
  9. This is both awesome and painful at the same time... but Manny "the shortstop" is going to wear "8" on his back in LA. Yet another twist of the knife.
  10. You've got five names, some numbers, what league they're in... and possibly you saw Diaz play some in the futures game. Then you have the national press weighing in, and those guys have about as much information as us. PLUS, they have to write some kind of opinion and are frequently way off the mark (despite sounding good in the heat of the moment). So what are you basing any kind of opinion on? Right now, all the info is extremely limited. I see absolutely no reason why one or two of these guys might not become really solid contributors at the ML level. And we're basically get 4 prospects + a utility for 2.5 months of a rental.
  11. Is there a site that lists how many scouts each team has? Three means nothing unless there is reference.
  12. Manny being traded for a bag of prospects... walking out of town with the notion that he's is going to ask for the moon in his next contract and nobody - nada... no one - thinks the home town team has an inkling of a shot of resigning him. They call him a "generational talent" whose best days are ahead of him, yet there's not a sliver of a chance the O's ever could have made him a cornerstone to build around. The O's beat writers in the Sun are all but saying there was never a chance he could stay (and to get used to it because this is what Baltimore is and will be). Then, on the flip side, you have the Red Sox thumping their chest and proclaiming they are ready and willing to cross the highest luxury tax threshold. This is what MLB has become and the machine will never let it stop because the richest teams and MLB PA will never install true caps that make the playing field level. Before the season I started a thread about the possibility of the O's leaving Baltimore... and I gotta say, if this truly is the reality (an inability to ever have a chance at securing a super star while other teams will happily step over the boundaries to reel-in every thing they can), then baseball in Baltimore is on life support. And to throw some fuel on the fire, the Washington Nationals and their stadium are turning DC's SE waterfront into a thriving neighborhood. Construction cranes are everywhere. Businesses that pull-in numbers in the Billions are putting their offices there. Restaurants are blowing up. Pretty much the exact opposite of what's happening in Baltimore, which has a shrinking population and a city that is literally torn in half by poverty. And... by the way... the Nats are willing to throw around cash like it's monopoly money. This might be the most depressing day in all of my years of rooting for the O's. I didn't realize that pain in losing Manny would actually result from the weight of the overwhelming reality smacking me in the face, rather than losing Manny the player. I am having a really hard time seeing how the O's will survive without being extracted to a region that's begging for a team. Montreal? It's entirely possible. It's like a nightmare that I hope is easy to wake up from... sure hope my sense of doom is wrong.
  13. Todd-O

    The Inevitable national outlet Chris Davis article.

    I believe BR is CNN's sports section