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  1. I tend to agree. We all wanted Bundy to be the ace of this staff a few years ago. He's been a disappointment in that he hasn't lived up to the hype due to injury and whatnot, but he's still showing himself to be a serviceable No.3-4 starter. That still has value.
  2. That's probably because SUPER BOWL L look like someone typed one too many Ls.
  3. Does Cora still get to pick? I can't recall what the selection process is anymore. But assuming so, does it matter that while Mancini has hit well against the Sox he hasn't hit a homer and has just one RBI? Or does it matter that Means has allowed two runs in 12 innings against Boston?
  4. jamalshw

    Austin Hays 2019

    I'm all for that. I'd like to see Mancini as the everyday 1B (if not traded) as well. With struggles of Diaz and McKenna as well as Mullins issues to start the year, I think it opens the door for guys like Stewart and Santander for more than just this year and the start of next if they can show something. I like the idea of having Diaz, McKenna, Mullins, Stewart, Santander, and Hays all vying for spots in 2020 and 2021. I think it's good to see some guys now so all can be evaluated at the MLB level in the next couple of years and we can really see who can stick.
  5. This seems largely like a nothing to see here type move to me. Does anyone have any more information on Eshelman. Does he have a shot? Is there something that Elias and company can tweak to help get him closer to his second round potential? Or is this simply a Triple-A rotation filler move while giving up something that expires in less than a month and has next to no value to us anymore?
  6. It's seems pretty clear Rutschman is the widely regarded best player in the draft within the industry as a whole which to me makes taking him a no brainer. Even if positionally you prefer someone else, he's got added value within the industry making him the more valuable asset. The Orioles aren't in a position where they're just needing a SS of the future and have the rest of the 2022 roster in place. We're still early enough in the rebuild that it should be about asset acquisition. Adley is the best asset.
  7. But Parra can play OF. It's hard to hold a pinch hitter who cannot also spells someone at a position. I don't think there would be that many teams that would claim him if he was let go, but I do think there would potentially be a few.
  8. I think that's what they're trying to evaluate before the "better" prospects get here. I think he has a chance to be a cheap piece for a few years if nothing else. He may end up being a trade piece, just not this year.
  9. If pushes come to shove, him walking away isn't the worst thing. The Orioles work out a deal. They tell him. If he chooses to walk instead, they still save the money.
  10. Yeah...I forgot Ramirez was already off the 25-man.
  11. Does this open the door to option Rickard and bring up Stewart soon since Broxton offers an option in CF?
  12. I have him in 2 of my four leagues so at least I have that sliver lining.
  13. Honestly, I want to see Mountcastle now, but I understand him being slow played. That said, I'd really like to see Sisco and Stewart back up in the Majors. I'd also like to see Mason Williams. If it were me (and it's not, probably for good reason) I would replace Rickard, Nunez and Wynns with Williams, Stewart and Sisco. I'd like to see a Sisco/Severino combo behind the plate. I understand the defensive issues with Sisco, but I'd like to see him work on it here and if he can't hack it behind the plate, hopefully, he can at least show some promise beside it. I'd like to see Smith, Williams and Stewart as the primary OF with Wilkerson moving all around the field. I'd like to see Mancini entrenched at first with Davis spelling him occasionally when he slides to DH. I'm okay with the Villar, Alberto, Martin juggling up the middle for now and Rio Ruiz at 3B (again, for now). I'd also like to see Akin get a chance here soon. Means has been great. Bundy has shown the occasional flashes. And Cashner has been as good as he could have hoped, but with Cobb out, Straily struggling and Hess having more issues with the homer than Bundy, there's a spot for Akin to get a look.
  14. He wasn't going to hit like he did in April all year. He's going to have slumps. Now, we get to see if he's able to get out of it. Ultimately, I would consider the season a success for Smith Jr. if he's able to end the year with an OPS+ in the mid-90s or better. For a first full season, that's something that you can build on.
  15. I haven't watched much this year because it just makes me depressed, but it seems there's a lot to like from Wilkerson, but I've also noticed just one walk in 80 plate appearances. Is this something that should be worrisome? I mean, he's not ultimately a long-term starter, but even as a super-utility guy, is this something that'll catch up to him offensively?
  16. 17 outs? The line says he went 3.2 innings. Wouldn't that be 11 outs?
  17. I'm still not sold on Wilkerson. I think he's a fine utility, 25th man type player depending on roster makeup, but he's a fringe 40-man guy for me. He's hit pretty well since his promotion, but hasn't taken a walk yet in 40 at bats and is sporting a .385 BABIP. He's also 30% strikeout rate. He does seem to be making better contact than his brief appearance last year which accounts for some of the BABIP improvement from .267, but would feel much better about the sustainability if it were closer to .300 instead of .400.
  18. I like Trey Mancini. He's an easy player to like. I want him to be part of the next winning Orioles team but realistically, it's not likely. We have a number of players for 1B/DH and while he's looked a bit better in OF this year, that's one area of strength in the minors. Of the players currently in the Majors, I think Nunez and Smith are the most likely to be here when we're good again (and maybe an arm or two? Means? Phillips? Fry?) I think Nunez has a better chance because he's got another pre-arb year and Mancini is playing well enough he could provide some good trade value. As much as I like him, if some team is willing to give a couple solid upside prospects, I take the deal.
  19. I would really like to see Mountcastle up in June or so if he's still hitting well. I understand the idea of holding him back until next year. We're not going anywhere after all, but its rare youngsters come up and are like Soto or Acuna. They typically have growing pains and its a lot easier to allow them to work through those pains in a season like this than in one that means something. I'd very much like to see an August lineup with Hays, Diaz, and Mountcastle. Maybe it's me being greedy as a fan and wanting something worth watching, but it is what it is.
  20. I like Sucre's arm and he has a good presence behind the dish. Because of that, it's easy to buy into the narrative that he's good for the young pitchers (what ones of those we have) back there and that may be true, but I also tend to believe that can be a bit overrated at times. I won't be heartbroken either way, but if Swihart isn't dealt and the O's get a chance to grab him, I would. I would also offer the Sox something small (some international money that we don't intend to use, perhaps?) to get him. I wouldn't advocate giving up an actual piece. I would be interested to see what a Swihart/Severino pairing behind the dish does and if one or the other can emerge as a useful piece either as an all around utility bat off the bench in Swihart's case or a back up catcher in Severino's.
  21. Interesting takes. It seems the board is a bit split. I like the job Sucre and Severino have done defensively, but neither are a piece when the team is good again---unless as a backup catcher. Swihart probably isn't either so maybe it's a moot point, but I think Swihart has a chance to be an average major league player. Sucre and Severino won't hit enough for that. Given where the franchise is, I take a shot at him. Interesting note: I made a similar thread with Dwight Smith Jr. was available this spring and got a similar reaction of people not so interested. We'll see if this one plays out similarly.
  22. It looks like the Sox just DFA'ed Swihart. He hasn't established himself at the Major League level and is starting to get to the point he needs to put up or shut up, but he had a monster spring and hasn't been terrible at the dish this year (albeit SSS). He's a former top prospect that I think could be worth a look given we're not going anywhere this year. Does Swihart have any value? For those in the know, what do you think?
  23. I'd like for them to just stick him at 1B and let him get comfortable in one spot and have the bat carry him to Baltimore. By mid-season we should be ready to cut-ties and put Davis out of his professional misery. We should also be able to move on from Trumbo mid-year either by trade (while eating most the money) or release. I'd very much like to see Mountcastle and Mancini playing almost everyday at 1B or DH the last couple months.
  24. Meh. I wouldn't be opposed (pending the move to clear the 40-man spot). Norris has been pretty good in the pen the last couple years. It's possible getting him innings would allow him to build enough value to flip at the deadline for a lottery ticket when others may be ready to take his place.
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