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    Eddie Murray
  1. Could this be Buck's best Orioles team?

    And the ChiSox would be over .500 if they didn't have to play us those three games.
  2. I don't get the "if they don't swing they're strikes" comment... We're supposed to swing at pitches in the strike zone... swinging was the right thing to do... and hitting home runs is the best outcome. So, is Gio saying we did everything very well and should be commended for our performance?
  3. How Much Will It Take To Sign Manny Long Term?

    Yeah, but the only cautionary tales are the ones with weird first names like Arky and Sherry. Based on that irrefutable evidence, Manny will be one of the all-time greats.
  4. How Much Will It Take To Sign Manny Long Term?

    I'm in favor of a compromise... buy out his last two years of team control plus his first two FA years for about $100m. He still hits FA for his mega-deal at age 28, we get him for four years at a fair number, and he is already set for life with a nine-figure deal in his mid-20's.
  5. Obvious Improvement

    We need a RH outfielder who plays good defense and IMO we need a better second catcher and a proven 7th guy in the bullpen. The prices have come way, way down on Pagan, Wieters, and Travis Wood. Don't you think we could get each of them on a one year deal for, I dunno, $5m-ish? Maybe add a club option with a buyout? Those signings would really catapult the completeness of the team. (I'd still like to upgrade Flaherty too, but I don't see an obvious candidate.) The Rule V guys turn into Pagan (unless you send down Rickard, but I really like the Kim/Rickard platoon in LF and now Pagan with Smith in RF), Joseph goes to the minors and you upgrade to Wieters, and McFarland turns into Wood (TJ's out of options, but he's making a tick over the minimum so maybe he clears?). (And seriously, Wood was really good as a reliever last year and would be a capable swingman to boot. MLBTR had him as the #24 FA.) I mean, it makes too much sense, right? The only tiny thing is that you have a Drake-Verrett battle for the last spot in the pen, but I think you were going to have that anyway and I believe we signed Verrett to a minor league deal, if memory serves. So maybe there's no issue losing Drake... not that I'm losing sleep over that. What am I missing here? Are we just out of money?
  6. Bundy to throw cutter again this season

    Supposedly featuring the cutter is a short term gain, long term loss sort of thing. I'm okay with that. Give me that sub-3.50 ERA. If Bundy and Gausman pitch like a legit #1 and #2, we contend. Everything else is sound and fury.
  7. Valuing your own assets

    Respectfully and totally disagree... Pagan is way better than Bourn right now and can't be all that expensive. 1/6? 2/10?
  8. Rickard can't hit RHP and Smith can't hit LHP... Seems like a great platoon in LF to me. Sign the switch-hitting Pagan for RF and giddy up. Gimme Kim/Mancini at DH... and you've got some matchup options, too. (To wit: Against a LH SP you start Rickard and Mancini and you've got Smith and Kim ready to pinch hit against the RH RP. Opposite against a RH SP.) The only other potential signing is the last bullpen piece and some AAA veteran backups (maybe some competition for Flash). I know I'm not fooling anyone, though... The entire key to this season is Bundy and Gausman both pitching like TOR pitchers. That said, adding Pagan makes the offense and defense complete... and if you're into the softer side he brings a lengthy championship pedigree and knows how to win. (IMO, the best alternative is Trumbo, who is worse at everything except hitting home runs... and costs us more money, locks in more years, and we don't get the pick.)
  9. What Do You Want For Christmas...

    I want Pagan on a 2/12 type of deal. And, I think we could do a short extension with Manny for something like 4/100... Which covers his last two years of control, gives him a respectable $25m aav, and he still enters FA for his mega deal at age 28. (Which would probably be bit bigger than it would have been at age 26.) This is also major insurance (I think his injury issues are behind him, but still) for him to cash in now, plus he knows he's playing with his buddy Schoop for those four years instead of just two.
  10. What Do You Want For Christmas...

    Ooh, that's a good one.
  11. ...what he's really saying is that we're going to trade him before it comes time to negotiate with him. Because that mess comes back to haunt you and even though DD looks and talks kinda dopey, he's extraordinarily sharp. My guess is that you'll see a pretty decent prospect (or two) kicked into the Granderson-Brach deal. And maybe 20% of Granderson's contract in cash. Or maybe another RF... but Brach for a RF is gonna happen.
  12. Winter Meetings

    Reminds me of Michael Bourn. All the way down to "bats left, throws right." Excellent speed, hit .296 in the minors.
  13. Oliver Drake for Nick and his contract? Then the Braves start Smith?
  14. MLBTradeRumors.com reported that the Braves came asking about Brach and we asked for Mallex Smith and they said no. Seems like a really good deal for both sides, actually. Smith will be a fourth OF for the Braves at this point and has had an uneven start to his MLB career... but 24 years old, good MiLB numbers, and 5 years of control.
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