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About billw76

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  1. I'm all for trading Gausman if we can get a nice haul for him. Honestly I'm ok with trading just about anyone on the ML roster if it means we can get back to being competitive sooner. If the FO is really going to do a rebuild, they need to identify who stays and who goes. Unless we get blown away by the trade deadline I don't think we'll see Gausman moved until the off season.
  2. At the time of the Chapman trade Torres was ranked anywhere from #28-#41 in various top 100 lists, and didn't become top 5-10 until after he was with the Yankees. I get your frustration though, because this front office has gotten me to that point many times. If we knew what any of the off season deals were involving Manny it would be a little easier to see if they actually had a better deal at any point.
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    Manny Machado Appreciation Thread

    Thank you Manny
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    Machado to the Dodgers, 5-1 deal

    Personally I don't think it's odd they got a hitter as the main piece. Guys like Luke and Tony could give a much better opinion than I can, but I think our farm lacks high end hitting prospects after Mountcastle.
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    Machado to the Dodgers, 5-1 deal

    I'm ok with the return. From everything I've been reading Diaz is a potential stud, and among all the names mentioned in trades from MIL, PHI, etc none of them could match Diaz without giving up guys deemed untouchable for a rental. As for the secondary pieces, like many, I was hoping for May and Lux or at least one of them. Bannon looks intriguing though, especially from a defensive standpoint and could possibly be our future 3B. The deal is done now, so we just have to hope Diaz is the real deal and maybe we'll get lucky and get something from the other 4.
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    The Rebuild - Retool Discussion

    I'd rather go the rebuild route. I just don't think the current roster has enough pieces to retool even after any trades, and there isn't enough help currently in the minors to make this a competitive team right now. If the FO really wants to speed up the process they need to think about moving Gausman, Bundy, Schoop, and Givens as well as all the rentals. Bundy or Gausman on the market right now would net us some nice hauls and restock the farm.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    I probably am overrating the comp pick, but we have got to do better than a deal like that, or I at least hope we can. No need to beat a dead horse, but all of this could have been avoided if the FO had better timing, and made this move when we still had at least a little leverage. Now it's pretty much take the best offer available or be stuck with the comp pick.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Absolutely. Burnes is a nice starting point in the deal, but I'm not as high on Phillips as some may be. Lopez and Broxton do absolutely nothing to enhance the package IMO. Burnes and Phillips are MLB ready so I'd much rather target younger guys if the first piece or two will be on the Orioles roster after the trade.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    If thats the best Milwaukee can offer for Manny, I'd glady keep him and take the comp pick, or move on to the next offer
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Hopefully Phillips isn't the main piece of a deal with the Brewers.
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    Did Anyone Expect it to be THIS Bad?

    I definitely didn't think they would be this bad. I was thinking they would win around 70 games this season, but it looks like I was WAY off.
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    30 wins or August 1?

    I'm starting to wonder if this team will win 30 games all season. I think by seasons end this team will be as bad as the 2003 Tigers.
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    Breaking Point

    I think that may be the only qualification he needs
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    I think we all know how idiotic the Orioles FO is, and if any of those offers are true, for me it really doesn't come as a surprise honestly. With that said, the Brewers, Cubs and Diamondbacks are probably the teams I hope we don't make a Machado deal with. I like Hiura but the secondary pieces don't do much for me. Duplantier would be nice but not sure he'd pass an Orioles physical and the Diamondbacks secondary pieces don't do much either. I just want a deal done soon for Manny and anyone else who will be traded. At 40 games under .500 this team is hard to watch or even follow this season, and some younger new faces will be a nice change for the rest of this season.
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    Manny probably going to the NL

    Hopefully he goes to one of the NL teams. The top teams are all bunched together pretty closely, with 10 teams within 7 games of the division or wild card. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage and get someone to over pay to not only help themselves, but to also keep him from another team close in the standings.