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billw76

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  1. Are There Three Internal SP Candidates

    At this point I think we may see Tillman back and fill the other holes internally. If the reports about the front office not liking medicals on guys is true, we all know how that will work out. Honestly I'd rather see Castro and other guys get a chance before we waste money on Cashner, Miley etc, might as well let the young guys try and prove themselves.
  2. Luke's 50!

    I was thinking similarly, except I thought he hit 50 HR's in a season somewhere, but I couldn't think of any leagues playing right now. Looking forward to the rest of the list Luke
  3. How much "Elite" does a team need?

    I would focus on other deals if it was me. I'm probably in the minority here but I'm not nearly as high on Russell or Montgomery as most are. I think at some point it will probably come down to taking the best deal available but if a Manny deal is made before the season starts it may still give DD a little leverage in asking for more.
  4. How much "Elite" does a team need?

    While that Cubs deal gives us more players, it still really doesn't fill the gaping holes we have at SP, and it also creates a hole at 3B unless the plan is to move Schoop to 3B and Beckham to 2B. If I'm trading Manny and the main player coming back, Russell in this trade, is anything other than a SP I want an elite player, and personally Russell isn't that guy for me. I'd be happier to get a very good SP, a good SP and a lesser prospect. I still think pitching should be the main focus of any Machado trade, but the longer it takes to make a deal I'll probably be happy with just getting the best return possible.
  5. Orioles out On Cobb per Roch

    I'm kind of expecting a similar move this off season since Manny wasn't traded. For some reason I got a bad feeling we are going to make a trade for Duffy or Mike Montgomery and seriously over pay to acquire one of them. I don't think Tillman will get 10 million but for some reason I think I read he was looking for that or someone said he could possibly get that in the current market. I don't have any links, so who knows it may just be my imagination.
  6. So What is the Plan for Starting Pitching?

    I'm with you, I'd much rather watch the young guys. I really have no interest in watching Tillman, Gonzalez or Cashner at this point, and I certainly don't want to give any of them multi year deals.
  7. Orioles out On Cobb per Roch

    There is no way we are in on any significant pitcher at this cost. It won't be much longer and we will have to give Tillman 10 mil just to fill out the rotation as a last resort. This team has to get better at developing it's own starting pitching immediately, the cos of FA pitchers is through the roof.
  8. So What is the Plan for Starting Pitching?

    I think it will be the same as every year. We'll take until Feb waiting for the market to empty then pounce on any warm body that can eat a few innings, use a Rule V guy to fill a slot, and maybe even use some prospects to overpay for another SP that won't help much.
  9. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I can't say I'm surprised that no deal was made, but I guess there is still time for it to happen before the season. It's impossible to know what the FO is thinking or going to do, but if the plan involves moving Manny to SS to make him happy and to trade prospects for mediocre SP like has been done in the past, then this franchise is doomed for as long as Angelos owns it, because nothing will ever change. It seems like year after year it's the same thing, absolutely no vision for the future.
  10. Os requesting offers on Machado

    Your definitely not in the minority. With little to no spending internationally, the physicals, and everything else, I don't think I've ever seen a franchise purposely handcuff itself as much as this one.
  11. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I get where your coming from, but that really does nothing to fix the problem which is the lack of starting pitching. You give Manny 350 million, then give Moustakas 60 million or more how do we get any good SP? Beckham won't get it and neither will Britton or Brach probably and we don't have enough high end prospects to pull off a major trade.
  12. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I'm not sure it would be the final straw for me, but if Manny isn't traded and we get the we think were contenders with him bs, I'm gonna be pretty disappointed. At some point Angelos needs to step away and let the baseball people make some decisions to move this team forward to keep it competitive long term. He's definitely not cheap but his money gets spent on the wrong players, and he refuses to spend it on the international market.
  13. 27% international MLB top 100

    I never understood why we avoid international signings, but I put the blame for that fully on Angelos not DD
  14. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I won't disagree that the Cubs getting involved is a good thing, especially if it gets the Cardinals to raise their offer. I just don't like the package of Russell and Montgomery, and would be pretty disappointed if that's the offer DD takes.
  15. Os requesting offers on Machado

    The only guys I'd like from the Cubs would be Baez or maybe Almora, and I'm not sure they are even available. My big issue with the Cubs is the guys they'd probably trade play positions we don't need. I like Schwarber but do we really need another hitter like that in the lineup? The focus should be on pitching first, and IMO the Cubs just don't have that.
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