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  1. 5 points
    https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2020/11/baseball-america-sizes-up-the-os-top-prospects.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+masnsportsAll+(MASNsports.com)
  2. 5 points
    He kept Martin and has benefited from Santander. I wouldn't read anything into what he did last year. Just depends on who is available, what the needs are, and roster capacity.
  3. 5 points
    https://blogs.fangraphs.com/a-conversation-with-former-orioles-pitcher-dick-hall/
  4. 4 points
    Was he older than you when he was playing and you've somehow passed him?
  5. 4 points
    I don’t think so. I have a college degree and a law degree. My wife has a college degree and two masters’ degrees. All three of my kids have college degrees, from pricey private colleges that we paid for in full. One of them has a graduate degree as well. I totally understand the value of a good education (which is different than “intelligence”). But Kjerstad is a guy who chose to enter the draft before he’d finished college and take a pile of money to play professional athletics. In my mind (and probably by contract), he’s obligated to give his employer priority over completing his degree, which plenty of players do without declining their professional obligations. Now understand, I don’t think Kjerstad did this. I believe he was unable to participate for medical reasons and decided to use the time to continue his education, which is great. But I wouldn’t agree with it if he had simply chosen to blow off Fall Instructs to take classes.
  6. 3 points
    Mayo says "If you told me (Adley) would be in Baltimore by the All Star break, I would have no trouble believing that." And Steve Melewski says Elias has indicated that Adley will begin the season at AA. I have not heard either of this things before. https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2020/11/talking-os-farm-with-mlbpipelinecoms-jonathan-mayo.html
  7. 3 points
    If no one is going to pay him 2+ million than he isn't worth 2+ million.
  8. 3 points
    No team was willing to pay that, so I guess he isn't worth that, not right now anyway. 🤷‍♂️
  9. 3 points
    As much as I hate to see Davis on the roster, it makes sense to keep him until the O's find out if the season will be shortened. It probably will be if fans will not be allowed in the stand for part or all of the season.
  10. 3 points
    31 and 90 for Nunez in 2019. 55 guys hit at least 31 homers that year. 44 had at least 90 RBI. I like homers and RBI as much as the next guy. But I also like guys who can get on base more than Nunez, who can run the bases and who can field respectably. He’s basically a 1 WAR player. That’s not garbage, but it’s not something to worry about either.
  11. 3 points
    “Stupid move” was not exactly an in depth analysis either. Elias makes a good point, Nunez is not a good fit on this roster. That’s true even if Davis weren’t on it. He’s got one tool
  12. 3 points
    Someone mentioned poking the bear in another thread, you're newer here so a word of advice... SG is RARELY wrong. And even when he is, he will argue til forever. He's like a terminator. He can't be bargained with, he can't be reasoned with, he doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop... EVER.
  13. 3 points
    I think what Roch was getting at is that while Kjerstad is home dealing with his medical situation (which is most likely Covid-related), he’s using that time to finish his college degree online. Not that he chose to skip instructs in order to finish his degree. It could have been explained better.
  14. 2 points
    I continue to insist that the organization would not make stupid moves over such an insignificant amount of money. It is not hyperbole so say that the savings are negligible, and if Nunez had value, he would have been retained. The team gave Iglesias ~3.5 million because-wait for it-he has value, being the best SS in the system and being essentially irreplaceable at the moment. Again, same song second verse, Nunez offers nothing we don’t already have, and his roster spot is best use for someone more versatile.
  15. 2 points
    I don’t get why Lopez is some definite to be on the 40 man. I mean, I know he will be but he’s not good. I wouldn’t keep him over a lot of the you get players we are talking about.
  16. 2 points
    Figure Mountcastle is up all year so that makes him the strongest ROY candidate. Rutschman comes up in the second half sometime and is more of an impact player but arrives too late for ROY consideration. Personally, I’m not sure we’ll see Rutschman in 2021. But perhaps we will.
  17. 2 points
    I was a Sisco fan as he was coming up through the minors, but I’m pretty disappointed with him. He walks a lot, but has a 33% K rate and his BA is probably 60-80 points lower than I would have hoped. I don’t blame it on inconsistent playing time, his bat just seems a bit slow. As to his defense, I don’t put him in the “not a major league catcher” category, but I do put him in the “needs to be an above average hitter to justify playing him at catcher” category. And so far, he’s not. As to Severino, he has the potential to be far superior to Sisco defensively, but he’s just horrendous at pitch blocking. Terrible habits. And, his cold streaks at the plate are very unproductive, even though he looks good at other times. Overall, I doubt either has much trade value. But I’d keep them both until Adley is ready.
  18. 2 points
    There will be plenty of players available for minimum this offseason. Those names.
  19. 2 points
    I do think Martin has time to improve. I’m not writing him off completely. But let’s understand that -1.3 rWAR, .581 OPS in 309 PA, 120 games requires a lot of improvement. The average shortstop had a .762 OPS last year, .744 this year (per Fangraphs; BB-ref says .772/.748). I don’t see Martin as a guy who will ever be capable of that. His path is to be a .700ish hitter with better than average defense. If the defense isn’t better than average, .700ish OPS doesn’t cut it.
  20. 2 points
    Since Angelos and his family bought the Orioles in October 1993, the Orioles have the fourth worst winning percentage in all of baseball ahead of only the Tigers, Pirates, and Royals. I'll take my chances with new ownership.
  21. 2 points
    I’d say maybe yes, maybe no. He spends 4-5 weeks playing with and against other professionals, gets some coaching, gets some eyes on him and they give him a program for what to do over the winter based on that experience and maybe he gets some of his own ideas of what he needs to work on based on that experience. That gives him a leg up on next year compared to not doing it. If they thought Fall Instructs didn’t benefit players, they wouldn’t do them, right?
  22. 2 points
    There's no one left that Mike is interested in. He's already traded for every shortstop born from 2002-2004 in the Dominican Republic.
  23. 2 points
    I am sure Elias will try to trade Alex Cobb this off season but 10M of his 15m salary will be deferred according to Cot's Contracts. Here are the noted from Cots: $20M is deferred ($6.5M of 2018 salary and $4.5M annually of 2019-21 salaries), to be paid $2M on 11/30/22 and $1.8M annually each 11/30, 2023-32) if Cobb does not pitch 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.5M of 2021 salary is deferred, to be paid $1.75M annually each 11/30, 2033-35 https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/al-east/baltimore-orioles/ Cots has the O's projected payroll to be 62.3m but with the 4m deferred of Davis listed salary and the 10M from Cobb's salary the O's would pay out 48.3M in 2021. This is before the decision to non tender any of the players eligible for salary arbitration.
  24. 2 points
    He is saying any team and we are counted in any team. Cool.
  25. 2 points
    Really can't wait to see when some of the international guys are starting to make noise. It's good that we've got a decently regarded system without much presence from international prospects but the system will have a real shot in the arm once a few of these guys start to produce.
  26. 2 points
    Oh, and the Colome signing would be nonsense. Paying $10M a year for a modern closer with 7 K/9 during his peak seasons? You might as well set the money on fire. He had an 0.81 ERA, so his agent will be selling the heck out of that while doing magic tricks to get you to avoid looking at his 16 strikeouts in 22 innings.
  27. 1 point
    I'm not excited that the team is making moves because guys are cheap, especially when the other option is around $2 million, which should be chump change for major league organizations. I'm just not sure I get this particular set of skills. Now perhaps Elias is going to DFA him and try to sneak him into the minor league system as depth. I guess there are worse guys to do this with, but I really would like to think this is a transition year where the Orioles are starting to bring up guys that will be contributors to a winning future and not place holders.
  28. 1 point
    I’d be totally against this approach. It’s the worst of all worlds: get his service clock running in 2021 but get very little major league experience out of it. For me, I’d like him up by July or not at all.
  29. 1 point
    I do think 3B is one of the harder positions to find a good player unless you develop or trade for one because they rarely are found on the DFA or Rule 5 markets. Thankfully, with Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and Coby Mayo to a lesser extent in the Organization, there are two-three potential impact players who could end up there. In the meantime, I think they will probably end up giving a guy like Bannon an opportunity at some time next year if they don't find a better alternative to Ruiz this offseason or at the end of next spring through DFAs. Ruiz is a guy that Elias had ties to from his Houston scouting days, and if Ruiz was more athletic and could play other infield positions and outfield he could have value as a utility guy, but he doesn't hit consistently enough to be a good everyday guy at the major league level.
  30. 1 point
    I think folks are being overly rough on Chris. He was making real progress last spring and it's obvious the abbreviated spring training really hurt him. I think we should expect this change in approach to have a positive impact.
  31. 1 point
    I agree. The only counter point I have to this is with regards to Mullins in CF, Hays can take less of a beating and maybe stay healthy for the first time in his career. He needs to do that badly. His all-out style in CF makes him, and it might break him. I think Mullins covers more ground, and more efficiently, but with less arm and less offensive potential. I think Hays is star material, but he has to stay healthy to get there. And I think the DH will be rotated, but perhaps Stewart should get the most consistent at bats there initially.
  32. 1 point
    I agree with this - flexibility and money are both factors. Let’s say we give Nunez’s at bats to Mancini - are we going to get less production that way? I don’t think so. On the other hand, if Mancini and Nunez both play, whose at bats are being taken away? Are we sacrificing outfield defense to make that happen? I think a good case can be made for dropping Nunez on that basis. SG is right that the situation could change based on health, but with Diaz likely to be ready at some point, we have some insurance there. My biggest reservation about dropping Nunez is whether he has another level of improvement left in him. I’d kick myself if he went from being a .780-.820 guy to an .830-.870 guy. And I do think that’s a possibility. He’s only 27 next season and has about 1100 major league PA — that’s a spot where a lot of players hit their stride. It will be interesting to watch how he does with whichever team picks him up.
  33. 1 point
    I suspect they tried and found no takers.
  34. 1 point
    I guess Elias feels Mancini will be ready to play next spring.
  35. 1 point
    Not a surprise in the sense that it is the right move, but it might be a little bit surprising that they actually did the right move. The times they are a changing’...
  36. 1 point
    @Wildcard, I agree. Every team picks up waiver claims on occasion. Good teams would do it more often if players they liked were still available when they would have an opportunity to claim them. A piece here and there, even if it is for minor league depth. The Yankees picked up Alberto, for instance, and then waived him before the Orioles picked him up. Although they weren’t waiver claims, Taylor and Muncy were scraps before they got to the Dodgers and made swing changes. There is value out there, and while it may not be exciting for some, it potentially adds to the talent base of this team. As for the Rule 5, Elias kept Martin, but has sent back the other three players taken in his time here. Elias has to take shots like this to acquire talent. Take a look, see what you actually have and if it will stick on your club. We may well get to a point where we do not take a player in the Rule 5, but we’re not there yet. I would be surprised if they do not take at least one R5 player.
  37. 1 point
    Elias needs to get his big boy pants on and go get some real major league players for this team. I dont want to hear that the teams finances are in flux. This is year three and a playoff contender isn't built in a year so if you had a five year plan its time to start getting meaningful players in here.
  38. 1 point
    I'm fairly certain I never called him a bust, but there was not doubt I rightfully gave up on him as a real prospect. Saying that, Steve was right in this case, players shouldn't worry about where they are ranked and should focus on getting better each and every day. Whether I rank a guy #1 or not ranked has no bearing on whether they make it or not, it's just my evaluation of them. Now, have my evaluations been wrong much, no, but it's not a perfect science and sometimes I don't have all the info or have not seen a guy enough to be make a good enough evaluation until they get higher in the system. It's funny though that after all these years he would remember that as a slight and for Steve to highlight that. Personally, I'm happy for him that he found a way to carve out 211 major league PAs, but yes, you expect more for the 13th overall selection of the draft. Considering Jacoby Ellsbury was selected 10 picks later and Cliff Pennington, Matt Garza and Colby Rasmus were all selected after him in the 1st round as well, I'd say Joe Jordan would like that pick back. Probably not as much as his Matt Hobgood pick, but back all the same.
  39. 1 point
    I think I was pretty clear: “I think it’s too soon to judge the sons. I’m not saying they’re great...” I do not think they’ve hamstrung Elias that much. Does he have some financial constraints? Sure. But I think the bigger test of that will come in a year or two when the young talent is more experienced and they are ready to contend if some key pieces are added.
  40. 1 point
    Rutschman Rodriguez Hall Kjerstad Mountcastle Henderson Diaz Baumann Kremer Akin Meoili was the contributor
  41. 1 point
    Don’t know, nor do I know if they had a 40-man roster in 1994 and what the rules were.
  42. 1 point
    It's a decent top 10. I think the best top 10 we've had in a decade.
  43. 1 point
    It has been simmering, but this is mostly a technical/clerical thing For MLB. They like to have the voice, the contact (owner) of the team to be only one person. 30 persons, one vote. The passing of ownership or control has been almost assumed to be passed to the Bros for several years. This just clarifies which one speaks.
  44. 1 point
    He has control of 3.5 million. Not 93 million.... ...or whatever it is that's left.
  45. 1 point
    I'm not going to believe any of these Bauer rumors until he's spotted at a Ravens game.
  46. 1 point
    I'm all for education but when he signed the contract he made a commitment to play baseball and in a season where he didn't get to play a lot and with uncertainty looming over next season I would have liked him to have been at the instructs.
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    I could be wrong, but I think we're still waiting on 2 PTBNLs from Atlanta from the Milone trade.
  49. 1 point
    Because I the idea of a good, veteran defensive SS anchoring the infield while we--hopefully--feature a very young pitching staff next year getting their feet wet at the Major League level. I am not a fan of Velazquez and am skeptical about Martin. I guess you could sign someone like Hechavarria, but it's going to be hard to find a good defensive shortstop that is not completely useless at the plate for the cost of Iglesias (and we certainly aren't going to pay any more than that for someone for next year, nor should we). With the young pitching, I want to give them as much as possible to succeed. To me, that means good defense up the middle and at least some offense. I don't want them always expecting to have to be nearly perfect to have a chance of getting their team a win. Having some wiggle room from time-to-time, in my estimation, is helpful. Of course, I don't have data to back that up, but that's my thought.
  50. 1 point
    Remember when major league baseball assumed that putting games on TV meant that nobody would come to the games and they'd go bankrupt? Well, no, you and I don't, but in the 50s that was a common theme. Of course now they make more money from TV and streaming than gate revenues. Or close. As much as the Orioles have progressed the last few years an attitude like that on some things may still prevail. Or more likely they have contracts with the cable companies and DirecTV that they won't put it on streaming in exchange for more money from people who don't watch sports.
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