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  1. Obando

    Top President Candidates?

    Let’s hope the Angelos boys have been communicating with Colletti strictly for industry intel and recommendations, rather than to discuss the President or GM job. It would be a colossal mistake to hire him, as he’s the opposite of what the Orioles need. I would rather have kept DD than hire Colletti.
  2. Obando

    Marlins Add Even More Mesa $

    I really think this narrative that ownership doesn’t want to spend money is overblown. They have been spending money, mainly on the major league team, but unfortunately most of the deals have come back to haunt them, most notably Chris Davis. In the case of the Mesas, I have no doubt the O’s sincerely tried to sign them, but the Marlins unexpectedly went all out to sign them, and they clearly preferred to play in Miami if the money was similar, which it looks to have been. I think the O’s would have had to significantly outbid the Marlins to sign them, and they clearly weren’t interested in doing that. The Mesas are good talents, but not considered super star caliber, and the O’s clearly put a value on them and weren’t willing to exceed it just to make a point that they are now players in the international market again.
  3. Obando

    Top President Candidates?

    Haha! Yeah, Sherman Obando was a short lived Oriole in the early 90’s, but it’s one of my favorite baseball names and perfect for an Oriole player. Thanks for clarifying your statement. Unfortunately, there have been no real info leaks on the interview process, but I agree that a Cherington/McLeod President-GM combo would be ideal. They have the Boston connection and come from winning, modern organizations under the Theo Epstein tree. I’m not even concerned about the fact that Dan Duquette was the one that originally hired him with the Red Sox. That’s only because of their U Mass Amherst connection, which Neal Huntington is part of as well. Cherington & Duquette are very different people with differing management styles, so I have no concern at all about their connection.
  4. Obando

    Marlins Add Even More Mesa $

    The Orioles can far outbid any team for Gaston if they really want him. To me, the only way they don’t sign him is if they either don’t think he’s worth what he’s asking for, or another team values him much more than the O’s and trades for more money to have a chance to match or beat our bid. We shall see what happens.
  5. Obando

    Top President Candidates?

    You say you “believe” it is Cherington’s job as PBO & McLeod as GM. What leads you to believe this? Do you have a source that has told you this, or are you just speculating? I hope you are right, because I think that would be a great combo, and it would make some sense because they worked together for many years in Boston and presumably have a good relationship.
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    'GM' Candidates and when

    I’m pretty confident that Colletti is not under consideration for either of these positions. I think John Angelos just met with him earlier this year to pick his brain, and maybe get some intel on the Dodgers prospects for when it came time to negotiate a trade for Machado. Jon Heyman was just speculating that Kim Ng and Colletti could be a package deal because they worked together in LA, Angelos met with Colletti this year, and there is rumored interest in Ng for the President or GM job. However, I think it’s nothing more than speculation and trying to connect the dots.
  7. Obando

    Top President Candidates?

    That’s why she would make sense to be President of Baseball Ops and hire a GM under her that has more of a background in scouting, development & player personnel. It’s the best of both worlds that way. And the fact that she currently works for MLB could really help the O’s efforts with resolving the MASN dispute and ownership transition approval, both of which are hanging over the organization like a dark cloud.
  8. Obando

    Top President Candidates?

    I just wonder why Roch keeps mentioning that no staff hires can be made until a President & GM are brought in, yet he throws Krivsky’s name out there as someone who could be hired by the O’s in some capacity. Unless Krivsky is being considered for either the President or GM position, it seems pointless to even bring up his name, unless he’s just throwing his name out there as someone that would be a nice hire for the Orioles in some front office capacity. To me, it’s equivalent to speculating on managerial candidates at this point. So either Roch has specifically been told something about Krivsky from someone at the ownership level, or he’s just throwing names against a wall.
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    Marlins Add Even More Mesa $

    Why would the O’s owe the Phillies a favor because Jones vetoed a trade? Both teams knew he had 10 & 5 rights, so there was no guarantee he would approve a trade. So why would the Phillies feel compelled to ask the O’s to make up for that by trading them $750k of international bonus money for a player that is clearly nothing special? That’s not how this business works, and that’s why I’m not buying that this move was done as a “favor.” I think the O’s scouts probably had good reports on Zoellner, so they traded for him. Normally, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But what they gave up to get him is what makes this a big deal, because it makes very little sense.
  10. Obando

    Marlins Add Even More Mesa $

    The theory that ownership put a cap on international spending and that’s why DD trades $750k of it for Jack Zoellner doesn’t add up for me. Even if there was a cap/budget on what DD was allowed to spend, it still doesn’t justify the fact that he traded it away when he did. This international bonus money is able to be spent thru 6/15/19, so why would DD feel the need to spend $750k of it in August, before he even knows how much it will take to sign the likes of VVM, Victor Jr. & Gaston? That’s the part that makes no sense to me. It’s almost like DD is a deal junkie and just couldn’t help himself, so he felt compelled to make this trade even though there was no need to do it. I just can’t imagine that John & Lou gave DD direct orders to trade some of that money because he wasn’t allowed to spend more than $6.5M (or whatever the approved amount is) on international players. I’m convinced that this move was made by DD without any interference from ownership, and it could be because he thought he had more than enough to sign VVM and other players, without the threat of being outbid by other teams, and this $750k was excess capital to use as funny money. If that was his thinking, he deserved to be fired. And just watch, Jack Zoellner will make it up to Frederick, if even that far, and then be released by the organization.
  11. Obando

    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    This video looks to be a Throwback Thursday from last week when VVM & his brother arrived in Miami at the Marlins stadium to work out before the showcase and meet with Mark Anthony. This isn’t a video from today, from what I gather.
  12. Obando

    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Miami has to be at least close to what the O’s have now. Before they were about $2-2.5M apart, but then again, we don’t know how much the Marlins obtained in the 2 trades. The O’s trading $750k of their pool for Zoellner is looking worse and worse all the time.
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    Crasnick on DD, Buck, and the Angelos'

    Maybe the boys just want them to focus on completing the last 4 games of the season and then will call a meeting with both the day after the season ends to let them know what’s going on. Why do they need to let them know right now? I’m not saying I agree with it, but at the end of the day, does it really change things that much? I have a feeling Buck & Dan already know what’s going to happen, but they aren’t going to share it publicly.
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    Crasnick on DD, Buck, and the Angelos'

    Or maybe John & Lou just want to keep the plans close to the vest until the season ends. I think this is an overreaction. However, if we still haven’t heard anything a week after the season has ended, then I’ll be pissed. I just can’t imagine they haven’t decided yet what they are going to do. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt until they prove they don’t deserve it. Peter is not capable of making the call at this point due to his health, so I have to believe John & Lou have a plan; they just don’t want it getting out in the media before the season ends out of respect for Buck (& possibly Dan as well).
  15. Do you have any other inside info you can share with us? Such as what’s going to happen with the GM & manager situation when the season ends?
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