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  1. Both were never highly rated prospects in their respective systems, but worked their way up the ladder, made it to the majors, and in the case of Kuechel, has had a ton of success despite lacking dominant stuff. Both are lefties that have good control/command and great changeups, and so far from what I’ve seen from Means, he’s not scared out on the mound. He has some moxie and poise, just like Kuechel. I love how he stood up to Yandy Diaz after he threw up and in on him, Yandy shot him a dirty look, and Means said “What are you looking at?” to him with a serious face. Then Means proceeded to strike him out on the next pitch. It was a thing of beauty! Kuechel ended up becoming a major part of the Astros’ success during their rebuild, and the Orioles are in the early stages of their rebuild right now. Maybe I’m just excited after watching Means close out this game against the Rays, but in general, I’ve been very impressed with him so far this season. If the Orioles have any luck at all, Means will become that unexpected top of the rotation type of starter that the Astros ended up getting with Kuechel unexpectedly. I’m not suggesting Means will win 20 games and become a Cy Young winner, but I don’t see any reason why he can’t become a staple of the rotation for many years to come based on what he’s shown me so far.
  2. It wouldn’t surprise me if we have a deal worked out with the Dodgers to acquire Jackson for international bonus slots as long as he passes through waivers. Similar to what we did with Araujo & the Cubs. I’m sure Elias took this into account before deciding to designate Jackson for assignment, especially when he had other players out of options that he could have DFA’d.
  3. I don’t remember seeing the amount reported, but I’m sure it’s out there if you search for it. The $6M bonus slot amount that the O’s still had was reported after we traded to get Drew Jackson in the Rule 5, so I’m estimating we are down to somewhere in the $4.5-5M range now, which is still well more than any other team.
  4. I saw they traded $750k in the deal for Moore, but I haven’t seen the numbers reported on the Lebron deal. Either way, I really don’t think this has anything to do with a restriction or cap by ownership on how much Elias can spend. Ownership wants the Orioles to be involved in the International market moving forward (John & Lou have a different perspective on this than Peter did), and that is a big reason why Elias was hired. Koby Perez wouldn’t have left the Indians to come here if the Int’l market wasn’t a priority. It’s going to take some time to get our International program and scouting built up and firing on all cylinders, but the process has already started. We just have to be patient and give it time. Don’t even focus on the current signing period, because it has already been picked over and the O’s have more money than they have players worth spending it on (this doesn’t mean they won’t spend any of it, just no big name/bonus signings because there aren’t any left). Focus on the 19-20 and future signing periods to see the difference in how things will be moving forward.
  5. Yes, it has been reported multiple times over the last couple months. The Orioles had approximately $6m, while the next closest team was the Dodgers with about $1.2m. Even with these last 2 trades for Lebron & Moore, the O’s still have much more than the competition. The lack of Int’l spending at this point has nothing to do with John & Lou putting restrictions on how much Elias can spend (which was the case when Peter was still running the team). Elias has made it clear that the International market is a huge priority moving forward, and ownership is fully supporting him in that effort. Elias has stated on numerous occasions that he is on top of all the available options in that market, but at this point, the cream of the 2018-2019 class has been accounted for by other teams, and if the O’s sign anyone, it will be a late bloomer that comes on to their radar late in the process. They clearly don’t value Yolbert Sanchez to the level that he feels he is worth, or they would have signed him by now. I’m guessing Sanchez is going to either wait until the 19-20 signing period, or he’ll accept whatever the highest offer is during the current signing period, which could only come from the Orioles unless another team trades for enough funds to match or beat whatever the Orioles offered him (assuming they even made him an offer).
  6. Even with this trade, the Orioles still have by far the most international bonus money available of any team for the 18-19 signing period. If they deem any player worthy of being signed at this point, they are still in better position than any other team to sign them. This is much ado about nothing. The Orioles analytics staff clearly sees something in guys like Lebron & Moore, which is why they traded for them.
  7. Aberdeen makes sense because there was a hitting coach opening there and he’s already based in Harford County. Seems like a perfect fit for him.
  8. Did anyone attend the Analytics session with Sig Mejdal & Koby Perez? I haven’t seen any reports out there about it.
  9. Looks like there is an analytics session with Sig Mejdal & Koby Perez, which will probably be one of the most interesting sessions tomorrow. Whoever attends this, please take some notes and share whatever you can.
  10. I thought I’d start a thread dedicated to FanFest so that those that are attending can post info about their experience and any key info they learned at the Q & A sessions with Elias & Hyde, coaches, players, etc. Since people like me won’t be able to attend, I think this will be valuable for those of us that are looking for any nuggets of info we can get regarding the team. I’m sure the media guys like Roch, Melewski, etc. will be posting blog entries and live tweeting about the goings on at FanFest, but I have always liked getting perspectives from the fans in attendance.
  11. He’s an Oriole, and should go in the HOF as such. I know he left town on a sour note, which I blame mostly on Peter Angelos, but Moose knows his best years were in Baltimore, and the numbers prove it. He is an Orioles Hall of Famer, but I don’t think he’s a Yankees Hall of Famer. Moose also spent 10 seasons in Baltimore vs. 8 years with the Yankees. He was always the ace of the Orioles, while he was never the ace of the Yankees. I will be very disappointed if he goes in as a Yankee. If he goes in as an Oriole, he should get a statue and have a ceremony. We need to welcome him back into the Oriole family with open arms and make him feel special, which he deserves. He never wanted to leave here in the first place.
  12. Brocail was clearly an Elias hire, or at least recommended by Elias to Hyde because of their prior time together with the Astros. At the very least, Brocail speaks Elias’ language when it comes to understanding analytics and how they want to do things from a pitching process standpoint. Brocail and Chris Holt, our new minor league pitching coordinator, also worked together in Houston, so they should be on the same page right off the bat with understanding how they want to implement the pitching program throughout the organization.
  13. Just more proof that Peter Angelos doesn’t run the show anymore. He would have never let this happen, so this is just another feather in the caps of John & Lou. I like the direction this franchise is going in.
  14. The Astros didn’t hire Jeff Luhnow to be their GM until early December 2011, and he officially hired Sig Mejdal & Mike Elias in early January 2012. Those were his only true outside hires in his first year as GM (with a few exceptions, such as Mike Fast in Analytics) and then starting in 2013, he began clearing out the old Astros front office personnel and bringing in his own people, including David Stearns to be his assistant GM. That’s what I expect to happen here as well. Elias has already brought in Sig to be his assistant GM, but otherwise, I don’t expect him to make any wholesale front office changes until next offseason, when he’ll have a full offseason to conduct business. Getting off to a late start doesn’t help, just as it won’t help Hyde with putting together his ideal coaching staff, but this is not unprecedented by any means, with the 2012 Astros being the perfect example.
  15. I have a feeling that if Brady stays, he will be named as a Special Assistant to the EVP/GM. Most organizations have these, and in Houston, Jeff Luhnow had 3 special assistants, all of whom were former Astros, in Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens & Enos Cabell. Unless Elias truly feels that Brady offers no value to him or that he would go behind his back to sabotage his efforts, I think the best role for Brady would be as a special assistant that Elias has full control over. Brady would basically be “on call” and be given various special assignments as Elias sees fit. This would also allow Brady to keep his home base in California and fly to wherever he is needed, rather than have a main office at the warehouse. I have a feeling Brady would be comfortable with this, not to mention it would still be a fairly prominent title/role in the organization. We should probably find out what his role will be moving forward, if any, in the coming weeks.
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