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  1. Honestly, if the Orioles end up with Diaz as a solid to above-average OF and Kremer as a serviceable No.3 or No.4 starter, I don't think that's necessarily a bad deal for half a season of Machado. The Britton deal sure looks like a loss unless Tate can develop into a solid set-up option. Otherwise, I think that's a failure. The Gausman trade was bad at the time, but Gausman's struggles and Zimmerman's development make it look better. If Zimmerman can be a No.5 starter and Phillips a passable reliever, that's not as terrible as at first glance either. I do agree the return is less than we'd like, but I do think getting a solid everyday OF, your No.3 and No.5 starters, and a few relievers from the group would at least be an okay return...now we just need to see if Diaz, Kremer, Zimmermann and a few of the other arms can came through to make that happen.
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    Rylan Bannon 2019

    There's no reason to put him on the 40 until you have to. If he makes the team out of spring, you would have to, but I don't see that happening unless he dominates in the last few weeks and then has a huge spring.
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    Rylan Bannon 2019

    Looks like he's moving up to Triple-A. It'll be interesting to see how he does in that park with the Major League ball.
  4. Maybe you can use how well he hits at Oriole Park as a selling point, but then again...the Orioles' pitching staff is likely the reason for that and not getting to hit against the Orioles anymore could be quite the downside.
  5. No. There are some interesting pieces (with more on the way), but I think there's a key bat or two not in the system that's still needed. Whether that comes from free agency when we're ready to make that move in a couple years or from the top of next year's draft, I'm not sure. Renato Nunez is for real, but he's a .237/.304/.467 slash line guy. He has power, obviously, and walks enough to keep his OBP over .300 despite the low average, but that's not really a huge accomplishment. He could be a piece, but that's not enough for a guy that provides no defensive value. If he can be playable at 3B, then we have something. Trey Mancini looks like a nice piece if we can get him to 1B. Anthony Santander has been great, but the sample size is still small. I think he's a piece. Jonthan Villar is good enough at 2B and Hanser Alberto is good enough in a role that allows him to play against lefties, but his OBP is way to dependent on his average. Sisco and Severino are both interesting despite both having issues lately, but I doubt either is an everyday player. In short, we have some interesting pieces and maybe 5-6 players that are "good enough" for a team that's competing--though not all in starting roles.
  6. I'm a bit more optimistic than you, but even if the rest of the guys outside of Hall and Rodriguez become No.4 starters at best, I still think it puts the staff in an okay position. While I don't think Means will be the guy we saw in the first half over his career, I do think he's got a shot to settle in as a sold mid-rotation option and if two guys (Kremer, Baumann, etc) can establish themselves as solid No.4 types, that's an okay back-end of the rotation. Of course, the problem is that puts a lot of pressure on Hall and Rodriguez to both be No.2 type starters and the likelihood of both doing so becomes slim. As for the position players, I tend to agree. Rutschman is the only one that seems to have much of a chance to become a star. I am bullish enough of Diaz, Hays and Mountcastle to believe they each have a good chance to become viable big league options, but all three are flawed. This system does really need another top end arm and a couple top end bats to get really, truly excited. But, at least there's progress.
  7. Unfortunately, with the deferrals a buyout becomes complicated even if he does accept a $5M discount. Would the payout schedule remain? Where from that schedule does the $5M come? Time value of money now becomes a consideration as that $5M paid out in 2037 is far less valuable to either party than $5M being paid out today. I would guess that any buyout for Davis would likely be required to be upfront. Honestly, I would settle to just payout today's rate on the money and be done with it, but doubt the Orioles would willingly take on the present day hit to free up the books for the future.
  8. I am extremely curious what we will see next year. He had a terrible go of it in Double-A in 2017 in a similar number of games as he's played this year in the Majors and bounced back in a big way in 2018. I want to see if he can put up a similar sort of bounce back showing in Norfolk next year.
  9. Is there anywhere I can go to see the OPS+ numbers by position for the league? I would expect amongst middle infielders a 99 OPS+ is better than average. For all of Alberto's flaws, i struggle to see him as an everyday answer, but I like him as a nice bat off the bench. He seems to have a good hit tool if nothing else and having someone that can come off the bench and deliver a single and/or come off the bench and deliver average or near average offense and playable defense at a couple positions has value.
  10. Well...if you add him now, then he's already protected unless you were planning to DFA him. Doing that would be WAY more likely to lose him.
  11. We will have to see how you execute on that plan. I have the same plan, but I just hope the Orioles do a better job carrying out their plan than I do carrying out mine because lord knows I'm going to lose my patience.
  12. Twins are getting Sam Dyson, not a closer, but with Romo it is some bullpen help.
  13. I would imagine an Armstrong deal would basically just be for International spending money or flier DSL player.
  14. Rays get Jesus Aguilar. That was one potential suitor for Mancini. Really doubt he moves. I still expect Villar and Givens to be traded.
  15. Biggio was moved from catcher to protect his legs and one of his better assets, his speed. I don't believe speed is one of Rutschman's biggest selling points. And while the official reasoning for moving Biggio was to protect his other assets, it is made A LOT easier by him not being a top tier defender at the position. Rutschman's ability behind the dish is nearly as big of a selling point as his strengths beside it. If his defense proves worse than reports indicate OR he develops into a true superstar hitter at the big league level that's when I consider moving him. Not until then for me.
  16. Atlanta hasn't shown a willingness to part with one of their top arms, yet. Would this package do that? You're not getting one of the top OF options or Ian Anderson, but would Kyle Wright or Bryse Wilson headline this type of a deal? Are either enough?
  17. Not to derail...but, I'm going to derail...how is "ph" the correct way if in shortening it, you have to change it to a "v"? Wouldn't the correct way be the way that allows the shortening of the name to just be dropping a single letter? It appears to me, the "ph" option just makes it too complicated. Besides, shouldn't the "ph" produce a similar sound to "f" which would make Stephen and Steven, phonetically, different names?
  18. Well, Mark Grace had a 119 OPS+ for his career and Clark had a 137 OPS+ for his career. Honestly, I'd take either from AR along with being a solid backstop. Of course, that's not the point. I think the swing and fundamentals do well limiting the floor for a player. Some of the bigger/louder tools like power may not play up, but a cleaner swing with fewer holes does go a long ways to improving one's chances for success.
  19. This. Often when teams are going into a rebuild they need to slash spending. Revenues are going to go down when you are not any good. Fortunately, TV contracts stay stagnant, but ticket sales and merchandise takes a hit when a team isn't very good.
  20. I'm game for taking Kemp if he's available on waivers, but if he's not and it would take a trade, i'm not sure it's worth the effort. A PTNL or Cash type deal is fine, but as others have said, I'm not sure the upgrade is enough to actually offer up anything in a deal.
  21. Lets see what they do over the next week. I think it's possible we see a flurry of promotions right after the trade deadline. If Villar or Alberto is dealt, I think we see Wilkerson more in the infield and Stewart or Williams promoted (maybe Hays), opening up a starting OF spot in Triple-A which would allow Diaz to be promoted.
  22. A agree completely with this! 164 plate appearances is still a small sample size. I'm anticipating a Smith Jr. type regression in the near future. If he can sustain through the end of the year, however, I'll be more inclined to believe in Santander as a potential piece for the future.
  23. I would think it would be a win if you get one of those two (along with a GCL/DSL prospect or two) and would be surprised if the Orioles could land both unless there's more to the deal than just Givens.
  24. I think there's a big enough market for Givens we get more than we did for Cashner. I think he ultimately yields a Low-A level prospect with good upside but risk in reaching it (likely somewhere in the 20-30 range of a team's rankings) as the front piece with maybe a guy or two from the GCL/DSL ranks.
  25. I think San Francisco does a bit of both. With how they're playing, I don't think they go into full sell-mode (though they should). I think MadBum stays and most of the relievers stay, but I could see them sending off Will Smith and sliding Moronta or someone else into the closer's role if they get a huge package...and maybe targeting a ready-now offensive piece in the return.
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