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  1. VVM got almost 6 mil. He has 4 extra basehits in 225 PA as a 23 year old in A ball. I find it hard to believe that you or anyone on this board would not be criticizing the Orioles for spending that much on signing him. 99.9% of top international free agents like him sign for half of what he got because it's not prudent to throw all your money at one player. The more successful teams in this arena do things in ways that are vastly different from the Marlins. Setting a proper valuation and not deviating from it is the sign of a successful business. I'm glad the O's are spreading the money around to multiple players and not overspending just because they have the slots.
  2. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is a doozy. Edwin Jackson (11.90 ERA) vs. David Hess (7.08 ERA, most HR given up in MLB). A positive for the Os is that David Hess no hit the Jays in his last start against him.
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    Dean Kremer 2019

    I really hope the Orioles don't trade for Russell. That would be a real bad look.
  4. I'm not sure if it's a nagging injury thing or a guy who doesn't feel like he deserved to have to repeat AA just going through the motions. The tools were on full display in Spring Training so this is pretty confounding.
  5. It's especially ironic because practically the only reason we won the game was because of two players Elias picked up off the waiver wire. And one of the only relievers that didn't give up an ER is the one he fleeced the Mariners for. If you press him for an example of a player he would've signed he says Freddy Galvis....just nonsensical.
  6. I watched last night and was pleased that the Orioles scored more runs than the other team and won the game.
  7. Stewart seems to be pressing and rolling over on pitches. Hopefully they keep giving him ABs and let him work through it. Should be minimal pressure in a year like this
  8. The pitching in this draft is horrible. Like historically awful. They will load up next year when it's supposed to be much, much better.
  9. Four of the Orioles last 5 first round draft picks will be in every top 100 list to start next season (Mountcastle, DL Hall, Grayrod, Rutschman). As the losses pile up, it's good to take a step back and realize maybe things aren't as bad as it seems.
  10. They were able to trade Mark Appel and other fodder for Ken Giles. And then were able to trade Ken Giles for Osuna. The draft as whole was still pretty bad. The 2014 draft wasn't bad at all. They weren't able to sign the consensus top talent but turned it into one of the best young players in the game who shot through the farm system quickly. There were other players in that draft who played parts in the Astros success as well. And like every thread, you insist on not mentioning the studs they've drafted.
  11. I know for prospects, looking at errors and fielding pct. is about all we can look at, but those are really not great indicators of defensive capabilities generally. And from baseball ref it looks like he has 4 errors at first and 2 at third.
  12. And they still pretty much always maintain an elite farm system. Bringing up prospects like Bregman, Springer, Correa etc is nice but so is being able to trade them for someone like Verlander who carries you to a WS. A certain someone here is completely ignorant of just how important the Astros' drafting has been to their success.
  13. "High-level scouts from two different teams picking later in the first round were insistent that Baltimore is not planning on taking Rutschman." Names that appear as considerations are JJ Bleday, Andrew Vaughn and Bobby Witt Jr.
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