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  1. With the exception of last season's first half, Machado's offense has been on an upswing. As he's gotten older, he's added more muscle, more bulk, so doubles earlier in his career turned into homers. He's got a patient hitting approach now. The problem is his defense, and that's where a lot of scouts for teams interested in him are going to be looking at him- with us, he was on pace for the worst DRS season by any player, ever. Could that have been a byproduct of getting used to the position again, and not having Schoop at 2B for part of the year, and no decent 3B defenders, on top of being on the worst team in the league? Maybe, but if those terrible defensive numbers continue, there is no way I entertain Manny as a shortstop for the future. He's definitely a generational talent, though. As another poster said, 30 WAR by age 26 is crazy. He's certainly worth the mega contract more than Bryce Harper, who has been voted most overrated player three times by his fellow players and who again is going to limp to a disappointing season.
  2. The whole city perspective needs to be explained to me. It's popped up here and other threads, and maybe I'm not seeing it. Aside from the riot days (Saturday being locked in the stadium, and Monday being one of the few people actually in the stadium) nothing has ever happened to me where I feel in danger getting to or leaving the park. However, I work in Annapolis, and live 20 minutes south. I leave work early on days I have tickets (29 game season ticket holder, parking in B/C lot) and I get there by the time the gates open for BP, and I stay until the game is over, walk out and leave. On rare occasions, some friends/clients prefer to go to Pickles first. So yeah, I've never had an issue, but I am open to hearing some issues from you or others that are first-hand or second-hand accounts.
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    Dan Duquette -- any chance he stays?

    All of the bolded, Duquette talked about doing when he came here. He even hired one of the best international scouts, Fred Ferriera, to head up that department. About a year after his tenure, we didn't hear anything at all about those things. It sounds like the Orioles are finally catching up to what Duquette wanted to do when he first got here.
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    Dan Duquette -- any chance he stays?

    Re-signing Duquette would be a smart move, especially if they are going to let him go into the international waters. Duquette has gotten hammered by the Orioles fanbase, but this guy, moreso than Epstein in my opinion, built the Red Sox for sustained success with their international scouting and development system. The problem is that the Orioles never let him bring any of his guys in except Ferreira, and then never let him use one of the best international scouts unless it was for a "professional" signing like Chen or Kim. Also, let's not forget Brady Anderson has whatever role he has, and at times has undercut Duquette. Him and Showalter have always had an icy relationship, and Buck has been able to get some of his philosophies, outdated as they are like the slidestep and the minimalist windup, ingrained in our system from the top to bottom. IF they are letting Duquette blow this entire thing up and rebuild it from the ground up, I absolutely support it. He needs to be able to pick his manager, his assistant GM and fill the front office with more analytics and go head-first into the international market and start developing academies throughout the baseball-rich countries. These are things he wanted to do when he originally came on board, and ownership stopped him. If they are going to let him do it right, then we have the right guy for the job.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Things might've turned out quite differently for 2015 and 2016 if the Orioles had signed Scherzer or Lester. We made the ALCS with horrible starting pitching, and needed an ace. Not only did we not get the ace, but we failed to replace Markakis or Cruz. Adding an elite TORP, and things play out much more differently for 2015 and 2016.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    I would get that, if this was like the Redskins ownership where Jack Kent Cooke's family sold the team to an outside person like Dan Snyder. However, Angelos is still the owner, and his sons are running the team. If the physical is an edict from their father and how strict they are supposed to take them, they would obviously follow that out of respect for their old man. Looks like we agree to disagree here.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    And do you blame the media? Its been a thing for Angelos ever since he took a hit with Albert Belle and his degenerative hip. Other teams get flack for certain things they do that are similar to this.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    It was a 3-4 prospect deal centered around Colin Moran
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Agreed, being super cautious can be good, especially in those instances. However, you burn your capital each time you reject a player or contract, and the same goes with trades. Eventually, no one is going to want to trade with the Orioles because you are putting in a lot of effort to scout their players and your own, travel pay, wages, etc for the scouts and FO's..........rejecting another trade like we did last year with Britton is going to put ice on a lot of relationships.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Surprise surprise surprise.......I wouldn't be surprised if no one traded with this team in a few years.
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    Josh Hader...Anyone remember him?

    I managed his best friend from high school, who was just recently interviewed by a newspaper for a story on Hader, and he is far from white so I don't buy the racism either.
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    Josh Hader...Anyone remember him?

    I managed his best friend from high school, and he's not white, so I do not buy the racist stuff. I've met Hader before too, and again, I didn't get that vibe, at least the racist stuff. A lot of the tweets sounds like he was tweeting some sort of lyrics. Plus, if you look at the dates, they are from when he was in high school. A lot changes in your life, such as being traded twice and now making the ASG. I don't understand why he just didn't delete that account when he made it big, but people can still find that stuff, so once something is tweeted, it's already out there forever. That people have the time on their hands to do this, and for what motivation, truly baffles me.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    HIs frame got a lot bigger from when he first came in as a scrawnier 20 year old. He's filled out since then, and most career shortstops, especially those who excel defensively, are smaller than Manny.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Dodger fans on another forum I'm on have said this is what they are hearing: #4 prospect (#84 overall prospect per MLB.com) OF Yusniel Diaz- good bat with above average power, average CF, will be better in RF, has speed but doesn't steal #10 prospect SP Dustin May- having great success with a 2S FB, change-up working well despite early in development, looks to be a #3 starter. #12 prospect 2B/SS Gavin Lux- has potential to be a double digit HR and SB threat, plus defensive arm, has some mechanical issues with the glove
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    Jeff Zrebeic & Dan Connolly join, "The Athletic"

    If you just want Oriole news, no need to subscribe to the Athletic, since MLBTR and the other sites pull from it and you don't have to pay for those. I think a subscription only model is a bit ridiculous. The Athletic is hedging their bets that people cave, or that they attract good money for traditional advertising soon. Because long-term without more money, it isn't sustainable. These writers are available because they've been released from their previous jobs because of their tenure, and they can hire a new, fresh from college person to fill their spot for half of the money. Just look at their roster of writers- just about everyone came from ESPN, FOX or CBS nationally and are well known names, and the city writers have been on the beats for years. Factor in paying for a corporate office, running a website and all of the employees that go into a company of this size, I highly doubt this lasts more than a couple years.
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