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  1. 5 minutes ago, weams said:

    How much money do you think they will spend on those two endeavors?

    I don't think they spend much more then the minimum on any acquired player.  Several will be on AAA contracts for less then the minimum while they are in the minors.

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  2. 1 hour ago, sportsfan8703 said:

    I’d like to say throw a lot of the pitching on the 40 man roster off and let’s try a hockey style line change, but sadly I think we already have some of the better options. Ynoa was basically our 3rd best SP after the Cashner trade. Wojo and Eshelman were two of top SP in the IL last year. 

    I just don’t know if you can find a better resume of pitchers that we can get. Who the heck are we going to get,

    Tyler Wilson - KBO

    Odrisimer Despaigne - AAA IL

    IDK if we should keep any of the “fringe” pitching(probably most of the 40 man P)on the 40 man, but my gut also tells me that I’d like to see us trade Villar, Givens, Bundy, and Mancini.  Shoot for 2023. 

    The pitchers that can start for the O's next year could be Means, Bundy, Cobb, Wojo, Brooks, Colin Rea and Michael Peoples.  The last four fight for spots in the rotation in ST.  The ones  that don't make it go to the pen as long/middle relievers.  I don't know if Elias can sign Rea and Peoples but I think he will try to get someone like them.

    Akins, Baumann, Lowther, and Kremer will be pushing for spots in the rotation by July. Akins maybe sooner. JMG

  3. 1 hour ago, sportsfan8703 said:

    Martin is going to get the everyday ABs at SS when Villar is traded, and he should. We have no better options at SS, literally zero currently. Lol, we don’t need to send Martin down to put up a certain stat line to predict what he can do up here. We can actually watch him play up here. We’re a 100+ loss team. Martin is in the same boat as Stewart. It’s sink or swim time. 

    I think Elias acquire another  SS this off season.   

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  4. Dudroff says:


    Surely, Elias will listen to offers for pitchers Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens and infielder Jonathan Villar. If he makes a move for any of the three, he might get a return similar to the one he received for Cashner



    Elias says:


    We'll be listening and there are players....that interest other teams that we have under control. Like  I said the Cashner trade was a different story because we were going  to lose him to free agency.  But if it doesn't make sense for us,  if it doesn't make the organization, the tide of talent in the organization rise then wouldn't do it.



    IMO It doesn't sound like Elias will take a Cashner trade return for Bundy, Givens or Villar.

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  5. On 10/8/2019 at 2:55 PM, interloper said:

    I tend to think Hyde's demeanor and maybe lack of on-camera skills makes people underrate him as a manager/coach. 

    I thought he put together some interesting lineups, pitched Givens in high leverage situations rather than just the 8th or 9th, etc. Players loved playing for him but it sounds like he also knew when to get feisty. Wasn't afraid to give Chris Davis the business after he acted like a child in the dugout. Seemed to give guys proper rest. Nothing really stands out as a huge bonehead move. 

    What I'm saying is, I bet there's a little more going on under the veneer of "just happy to have a job and we're here to improve". I think he's smarter than he seems. JMO. 

    I thought Hyde did pretty well with the media.   If the overall goal was to give player chances he saw a lot of player in his first year.   Elias/Sig/Hyde have a lot of information to make decision with.

  6. 9 hours ago, sportsfan8703 said:

    Just because Mancini made himself playable in the OF doesn’t mean Mountcastle can. Just because Schoop was a big 2B doesn’t mean Mountcastle can. Especially at 2B. There’s no point in not trying Mountcastle in LF in 2020, but that’s going to be the excuse to keep him down in 2020. To work on his defense. 

    I think Mountcastle is in AAA to work on his LF defense for the full service clock game, so June 1st.  That allows us to sort through Smith, Stewart, and Davis DFA. 

    JMO but I think the O's will want to see Mountcastle in the  majors soon after April 9th more than Smith or even Stewart.    He has a higher ceiling. The O's will find a way to get his bat in the lineup.

  7. 8 minutes ago, mdbdotcom said:

    Okay, so I assumed he would travel with a team, like a baseball player. I had no idea that you envisioned him sitting in Baltimore, doing nothing until he could be officially called up. That makes no sense at all.

    Its a day for pete sakes.  A travel day.  You would rather he go to Norfolk with the Tides and then to Baltimore the same day?   That makes no sense.


  8. 2 hours ago, mdbdotcom said:

    You said he would travel north with the O's instead of going to Norfolk. I inferred that he would work out with them because it would be stupid for him to sit around and do nothing.

    I did not say he would travel north with the O's.

    I said:   "I think instead of Mountcastle going from Florida to Norfolk  he will travel to Baltimore to get ready to play the Pirates at Camden Yards. on the April 10th".

     The O's are not even in Baltimore on April 9th   They arrive from NY on the April 10th.   

    And I certainly said nothing about Mountcastle working out with the O's.

    Your inference is not correct.

  9. Ynoa was 1-10 with a 5.61 ERA, a 1.373 WHIP.  He gave up more hits and innings pitched and had only 67 strikeouts in 110 innings pitched.  

    I don't think he stays on the 40 man roster over the winter.   The O's may offer him a reliever position at Norfolk after he is DFA'd but there will be a lot of competition for the Norfolk reliever position next spring. 

    Here are some of the candidates for Norfolk pen:

    Kline, Tate, Erwin, Alvarado, Eades, Cervenka, Muckerhim, .Fry, Armstrong, Hess. Shepherd, Sulser, Ortiz, Manhold and Rogers.

  10. 11 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

    Umm, a specifically mentioned his trading of prospects for established players. I was not talking about every move he ever made.

    Me either.  Just the major moves.

    Don't get me wrong.  On balance  I give Dan a lot of credit for the O's five year run of competitive baseball in spite of many obstacles.   But he made some bad moves too like most GMs do.

  11. 24 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

    The only one that was awful was the Davies trade. But that was partially an assessment problem by the team's scouts and player development personnel. I was higher on Davies than anyone in the system. Everybody I spoke with had concerns with him being able to stick as a starter because of his size.

    Regardless, trading any potential prospect away for Geraldo Parra on a .500 team was ridiculous. I still think this move was Duquette's Hail Mary play to get influence back that he lost after his flirtation with Toronto. I think he thought if he could get the Orioles back to the playoffs he could get his influence back, but that trade was awful from the very beginning and was the first time I had a huge problem with any move that Duquette made.

    He traded a first round draft choice for Jimenez.   And another first rounder for  Gallardo.  I know they were't straight trades  but that was the result.

  12. 11 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

    Did you read what I wrote before you responded?  I said it "looks like" what you are suggesting.  I can easily see someone (me for instance) reading that and thinking you mean for him to hang out in Baltimore.  Do we even know when spring training breaks for minor leaguers?  I don't think we do since the place I looked says a schedule hasn't been released yet.

    I am not going to argue with you about what you or anyone else thinks.  I didn't say Mountcastle works out this the team before he joins the team.  Any yes I have no way of knowing the exact date that Norfolk leave Florida which is a pretty picky point in the whole scenario.

  13. 14 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

    Certainly looks like what you are suggesting with the travel to Baltimore line.

    Norfolk breaks  camp in Florida and will head to  Norfolk for their opener on the April 9th.  I said Mountcastle goes to Baltimore instead.   But the O's are not even in Baltimore on the 9th. There are playing the Yankees in NY on the 9th.  They don't get home until the 10th when they play the Pirates.  

  14. 18 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

    While this was true, it also showed the Orioles attempt to try and find a position that would maximize his value. I don't think it was necessarily a bad thing to try him at 3B first, even though I didn't think his arm had any chance of succeeding there either. The most absurd thing I heard was that the Orioles had to keep Mountcastle at SS because Duquette insisted upon it because it "maximized his value to other teams." This is absurd because no scout that saw Mountcastle though he could ever play SS effectively in the majors so just because the Orioles played him there did not mean other teams viewed him as such.

    The player development folks wanted to move him from SS after his Delmarva year and some after instructs after he was drafted. The Orioles were never very good at getting guys experience at potential positions they would play at the major league level.

    One of things I liked what I saw this year was them moving guys around a bit when they didn't have a guaranteed set position.

    Player development seemed to have been Duquette's major short fall with the farm.   He could draft pretty well but seeing what Elias has done with  player development over the last year points out how poor  Duquette was in that area.

  15. 44 minutes ago, mdbdotcom said:

    The grievance is filed if they send him down to work on his defense but he never leaves the major league team. That's what was outlined above, and it's a complete sham. If a player is sent down, he at least has to report to his new team. He can't sit on the taxi squad for two weeks. The CBA doesn't allow for that.

    I never said that.  I said he does not play a day for Norfolk.  Probably a poor choice of words.  I meant he never plays a regular season game with Norfolk.   He probably plays a few ST games for them.

  16. 16 minutes ago, SteveA said:

    So there is 14 days between the opening of the major league season and the minor league season?

    Hasn't that traditionally been MUCH less?   Back when the majors opened on Monday, the minors opened three or four days later on Thursday and Friday.

    Then a few years ago when MLB started opening on a Thursday, I believe there has been about one week until the minor league season opened, on the next Thursday.

    Now you are saying this year there will be TWO weeks?   That seems a long time for guys to go not getting competitive game action.   Will they keep minor league camp games going for those two weeks?

    I don't think that the  International  league  ST schedule has been released yet.  But I would think they will play ST games  until a day or two before Norfolk's opening day.

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