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  1. Number5


    FTFY. 😍
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    Mesa Brothers Declared Free Agents By MLB

    I presume you meant to say "wasn't tying...", but really, given the fact that the vast majority of the highly rated international free agents available in this signing period are signed or committed, it doesn't seem reasonable to me to think that Mesa isn't the driving force behind the Orioles' slot "money" position. Why the Orioles are so high on Zoellner is a good question, but it is clear that they seem to be. As to what, if anything, they would have been able to get in international free agency with that "money" that they can't get with the "money" remaining after the Zoellner deal is also questionable.
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    Mesa Brothers Declared Free Agents By MLB

    I don't agree. The $750 K in slot money doesn't make a dent in our position in the Mesa negotiations, does it? I don't believe the Orioles needed an additional $2.5 million in slot "money" in order to make the offer they had in mind for Mesa. I think what's being overlooked about the $2.5 million obtained from the Braves was not merely to enable the Orioles to offer Mesa more, but, more importantly, prevented MIA,NYY, LAD, or any other team from making a trade to Atlanta to receive that $2.5 million in slot "money" and pushing said team close to or above the Orioles in the amount they could offer.
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    Mesa Brothers Declared Free Agents By MLB

    This is true. My point is that the O'Day savings does indeed more than cover the entire amount the Orioles can now spend on international players. In view of the Orioles long-time previous stance on international free agent signings, I think it is safe to say that the money that would be needed to sign Mesa and others was not initially budgeted for 2018, and would have to come from someplace if the Orioles have truly changed their philosophy on this.
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    Mesa Brothers Declared Free Agents By MLB

    I know many on this board are of the belief that all Oriole leadership employees are buffoons, but do you really believe that the Orioles would trade Gausman for lesser prospects in order to ensure the ability to offer Mesa the most money, as well as the money saved from O'Day's salary in order to actually pay Mesa if they do come to terms, only to then be unwilling to actually make the offer to Mesa? I'm sorry, but I simply can't believe that the Orioles' management would be that illogical.
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    Mesa Brothers Declared Free Agents By MLB

    I'm not sure if it would be possible for me to disagree more than I do with your logic here. The ability to offer more money than anyone else is a huge stick to be carrying. Your assertion that poor people don't appreciate the difference that a few million dollars makes doesn't make sense to me. Sorry.
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    Mesa Brothers Declared Free Agents By MLB

    I haven't really noticed any tendency for Cuban defectors to prefer playing in Miami... especially for less money than offered to play elsewhere. I don't see any reason to think the Mesa brothers have any special desire to throw away a lot of money in order to play in Miami when they reach the majors.
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    Chris Davis

    I have no way of knowing, but I would suspect that the 3B was playing way in virtually every time Palmer came to bat with a runner on and less than two outs, while the 3B played back against Brooks nearly every time. I can't say whether Jim or Brooks were in fact good or poor bunters, but I'm just saying that logic tells me that they were most probably defensed very differently.
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    Grade the Gausman Deal

    As I pointed out in the post you quoted, it is difficult for fans to fully understand and/or appreciate what the salary savings is used for and/or what it enables the team to do. Personally, I suspect part of it would be the money with which Victor Victor and perhaps other international freee agents can be signed. Remember the slot "money" is really an increase in the spending limit on international free agents -- it isn't really money. That money was previously unbudgeted and had to come from someplace. O'Day's salary for the rest of this year plus all of next year more than covers it.
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    Grade the Gausman Deal

    I find this post ironic, inasmuch as you are clearly hammering the trade prior to knowing what the outcome of the slot "money" is. The point some of us are making is that it appears to us that the slot "money" and it's ramifications in the Orioles being able to sign Victor Victor is very much a major part of this trade. As I said before, it would appear that the Orioles are confident they can sign him and the trade was made with that in mind. I'm really not sure what would make you think otherwise.
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    Grade the Gausman Deal

    It is possible that O'Day may indeed have value to the Braves. It is highly unlikely that he would have had any value to the Orioles, other than a possible increase in trade value if he performed really well before the deadline next year. Trading him without having to eat any of this year's remaining salary or next year's salary is a good thing. Trading O'Day now made sense. We fans have a hard time seeing the value of the salary savings versus receiving better prospects in a trade, since that money doesn't really matter to us, and it is hard for us to know what benefit that savings ends up having. It may go hand in hand with receiving the slot "money" from the Braves. The slot "money" ensures that the Braves don't trade it to one of the other teams vying for Victor Victor, keeping us as the team able to offer him the most money. The salary savings may give us the actual money needed to do so, since the Orioles had previously not budgeted that kind of money for signing international free agents. I'd like to believe that the Orioles feel pretty confident in being able to sign him. That would certainly make the Gausman trade more understandable.
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    Pat Connaughton

    I don't see why any team would plan on keeping him on their 25-man MLB roster for the entire 2019 season.
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    This is one of the worst teams ever

    I'd think the opposite. The Royals have probably played an easier schedule than the Orioles, IMO.
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    Renato Nunez Claimed from Texas

    I'm sorry, but I'm not really seeing what's so unusual about 7 walks in 76 plate appearances. What am I missing?