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About FlipTheBird

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  1. Aces like that aren't that easy to come by. To acquire them you either need a yacht's worth of cash or some excellent draft and development luck. Lots of teams don't have that Ace.
  2. Lynn or Cobb? Who is your first choice?

    It's been a truly absurd offseason. Multiple teams could use starting pitchers, but aren't budging on these guys. Some teams, meanwhile, like the Rays and Marlins, are openly tanking.
  3. Winter Meetings 2017

    The Yankees are looking at Stanton because there's a decent chance they can get him at a discount price. The Marlins are desperate to move him - meaning they may eat $$$ and take less-valuable players than Stanton warrants in return.
  4. Stanton to the Yankees

    Sadly, Stanton's no-trade clause gives him so much power that someone (be it the Yankees or Dodgers or someone else) are going to get him for far less than he's worth, asset wise. Even under new ownership, the Marlins remain an absolute disaster for Major League Baseball.
  5. Why? Epstein isn't a savant. He's just a good GM who has been the boss in places that have bottomless resources. He's traded away no shortage of talent in his time in Chicago (and in Boston before that), but he could, because he had the assets to replace it.
  6. Connolly: Just swing the damn bat Davis!

    Given that we know he's not going anywhere with that contract, the best we can hope for is that Davis takes a long, hard look at himself this offseason and comes back next spring hungry and determined to turn himself around.
  7. You Don't Finish Last...

    I'm with you. Do I think some guys might have mailed it in a bit as soon as the playoff chances started looking remote? Sure. But I don't think anyone was out there "being selfish" or anything of that nature. They were just cooked. A lot of teams go off the cliff as soon as it's apparent the playoffs are out of the question.
  8. It certainly seems true that the O's can't get pitchers "over the hump," so to speak. Tillman maybe being the only exception? Granted they didn't draft him, but they certainly had a role in his development. And prior to this year, which was injury-plagued and a mess, he was a pitcher any MLB club would have been happy to drop in their rotation. Where that issue is coming from, I'm not sure, because it very much predates even the Showalter/Duquette era in Baltimore.
  9. Jones To Talk With Ownership In Offseason

    Exactly. This is business as usual. There's chain of command, sure, but in a lot of work places it's entirely acceptable for an employee to talk to management above their day-to-day- supervisor. And, beyond that, this isn't like "most" work places. Adam has a manager, sure, but he's a very senior member of the organization.
  10. What can we expect/hope for from Wade Miley?

    Miley isn't good. He's gotten progressively more hittable as his career has worn on, and this year he completely lost his command. If he's in an O's uniform next year, it's a complete failure on the part of the front office.
  11. Buck Hates Kim

    My apologies. A soon-to-be-30-year old. Hits the mark in Jan. 2018.
  12. Buck Hates Kim

    That's almost assuredly a higher annual contract than Kim would get from an MLB club this offseason.
  13. Buck Hates Kim

    Kim didn't earn a spot in RF. The Orioles were never interested in putting him in RF. They acquired Smith to play that position in a platoon role. Kim was given a very fair chance at being the LFer. He received the third most at bats on the club in ST (59). Behind only Mancini (60) and Chris Johnson (67 - filling in for players in the WBC). Mancini crushed the ball in the spring, just as he crushed the ball during his cup of coffee, and went on to crush the ball early in the season. He took LF fair and square. He is a better baseball player than Hyun-Soo Kim. And younger, and potentially part of the O's future. A 30-year-old who was on the second year of a two year deal was firmly not.
  14. Buck Hates Kim

    Smith was initially acquired to play RF, which they never felt Kim (or Mancini, for that matter) could do. He didn't take any time away from Kim.
  15. Buck Hates Kim

    Aren't you the one that complains DD won't single out guys like Trumbo and Davis?