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  1. ThomasTomasz

    Cubs rumored to have deal (offer) for Manny

    Average isn't everything anymore. He's got an .878 OPS this year, .372 wOBA and 136 wRC. If he was on the Orioles, he would be by far and away the second-best bat in the lineup next to Machado. And he's doing it this year despite the weather conditions that plagued everyone to start the year. Imagine this guy in Camden Yards, and also playing 9-10 games each in Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.
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    Cubs rumored to have deal (offer) for Manny

    He's currently ranked near the top of the advanced fielding metrics for left-fielders- the weight loss and conditioning seemed to have helped there, and helped him find his swing. For a bat like that, you find a spot for him in the lineup.
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    Trey Mancini is not an outfielder

    This, and last year was one of the first times Mancini was in the outfield during his professional career, and he finished stat-wise as a slightly below average LF'er: -1 DRS and -8.5 UZR/150. Considering defense is not a strong suit of many LF'ers across the board, I'm content to let him learn the position over the next year or so. It's not like Mancini's defense is defining us as a competitor versus a pretender. I'm honestly shocked this was a thread.
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    Cubs rumored to have deal (offer) for Manny

    Any deal with the Cubs needs to start with Kyle Schwarber. This kid can flat out rake, and after dropping weight seems to have found himself again. He's been much better in the field. He's the power lefty the Orioles sorely need, someone who can also get on base and a legitimate clip as well. I'm not a fan of their middle infielders, and would insist on having Schwarber in on this deal.
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    Trey Mancini is not an outfielder

    If you believe the next core includes Bundy, Givens, Hall, Hays, Mountcastle, etc (plus whichever prospects are acquired this year) Mancini fits that timeframe. If you think that the core is much further off, then I completely understand. EDIT: In any case, my point isn't on the core, my point is letting a young guy get his reps in left field who will provide value down the road, whether that's in terms of future prospects or playing for us. We aren't competing this year, and I'd rather Mancini get those reps than one of the other veterans.
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    Trey Mancini is not an outfielder

    Duquette is old-school, believing in defense up the middle. He values defense first from catcher, SS, 2B and CF. This explains why we held onto Wieters for as long as we did, given Joseph the amount of rope that we have over the years. This explains why Duquette spent so much money extending Hardy, and us starting Schoop early on despite his bat still needing to be developed. And of course, except for the past two years or so, Jones has provided extreme value defensively in center.
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    Trey Mancini is not an outfielder

    So trade Mancini when we have this year, plus four others of team control? Trumbo is only here for one more season. As far as LF goes, it depends on your metrics but he is in the bottom third. DRS has him the worst out of 13 full-time LFs. UZR/150 has him 11th, and UZR has him 11th too. Contending teams have players ranked near him starting- Cespedes has lost a step, and Rhys Hoskins is right above Mancini in all three categories. So for a team that is going nowhere, with a player who will be a major part of the next core, doesn't it make sense to have him out there trying to work on his game? Or just throw the veterans out there and hope they can win........I've seen enough of Trumbo in the outfield. Let's see what Mancini can do.
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    Straight talk: Buck is not coming back for a rebuild

    I mean, if you extend Schoop and Gausman (provided he continues around this pace) and you cash in on the trades for Machado and the rest of the assets here, you could be set when the next round of prospects comes up in 1.5-2 years. We also had a payroll up to $160 million last year and could make some impact moves to add to that group. Looking two years down the road without any trades Catcher: Chance Sisco 1B: Chris Davis (I don't see the buyout happening) 2B: Jonathan Schoop SS: 3B: LF: Ryan Mountcastle, DJ Stewart CF: Cedric Mullens RF: Austin Hays DH: Trey Mancini SP: Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Alex Cobb, Hunter Harvey, DL Hall (or another year out) RP: Mychal Givens, Tanner Scott The 2019 free agent class could be used to add to this group SS: Xander Boegarts, Didi Gregorius 3B: Anthony Rendon, Nolan Arenado OF: Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Billy Hamilton, Aaron Hicks, Corey Dickerson, Marcell Ozuna, SP: Rick Porcello, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, Gerrit. Cole, Sonny Gray, Michael Wacha Now, I'm not presuming that we are going to spend money on any of those starters, but I listed them because they are all young enough to lead the next core group. Depending on how you view Mountcastle, that covers 3B or LF. Those outfielders all profile as at least capable LF'ers, with Hicks and Hamilton able to play good CF. Prospect deals this year notwithstanding, I would do is sign Boegarts, That gives us a high OBP and speed at the top of the order to pair with Austin Hays, and won't break the bank. He also gives us flexibility in being able to play 3B as well. I think Mountcastle at the start can handle third, and I would bring in Ozuna to play LF. That's another solid fielder, and a good middle of the order bat and someone who isn't going to break the bank. That would leave enough money to add a quality bullpen piece or two. However, if you do not extend Schoop and Gausman, then I think this window is certainly pushed back another year or two, unless we hit on the prospect deals for both of them in addition to Machado and Jones. I don't see a whole ton of value in Britton or Brach right now.
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    Padres DFA The OH Heartthrob: Chase Headley

    That name was a blast from the past. He was supposed to be the next big 1B for them, and he ended up being James Loney-lite.
  10. We should have used the same amount of money we used to re-sign O'Day to re-sign Miller instead.
  11. To think our bullpen could have had Hader, Andrew Miller and Britton in it had certain moves been made or not made.
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    3/31/2018 Season ticket holder request

    Bit late to the party with this, but if you have a ticket/show them on the MLB ballpark app that you are a season ticket holder and say "these people are with me" they aren't going to challenge it. They didn't do that before, and aren't doing it now, so long as you are showing them the ticket/pass (unless they know you already)
  13. If the Rangers can get a top 60 prospect plus other pieces for Yu Darvish, then the Orioles should get at least that much in return for Machado. I would say Machado is worth at least a top 50 prospect as a rental, potentially more if a bidding war breaks out. If we add a Willie Calhoun type of player, who is almost major league ready and will be put with the upcoming youth movement in the high minors, you have to make that deal. Strengthen the upcoming core should be the highest priority.
  14. And if our owner wasn't cheap and lowballed Mussina from the start, chances were high that he would re-sign with the Orioles. Our odds of retaining Machado are just about the same whether or not we trade him at the trade deadline, so I don't see a reason not to trade him barring a drastic turnaround. Now isn't that time, but in another month you start asking around.
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    Time to start DFA people

    I agree with you on this one. That would be up to Showalter to answer. If I recall correctly last year, Rickard's RF defense graded out near the top of the league.