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  1. I think there is a pretty big difference, from a fan's persepctive, between a team that plays .470 ball for 3/4 of the season and then collapses, and a team that plays sub-.400 ball from April 1 on. But I think you are reading a bias in my thread title that I am not intending. The Detroit Tigers were abysmal in 2002 and 2003, but one could argue that was a necessary step for that franchise to do what it needed to do to rebuild. My thread was more intended to raise the question, than to provide the answer.
  2. I don't see this as evidence of homerism by Gammons. He's just using what the Yankees have done this winter to illustrate a point that relates to all MLB. I doubt he would deny that the Red Sox are just a mini-version of the Yankees in terms of their spending -- but not this winter, so far.
  3. This relates to SG's thread about why keep Walker or Bradford around if we are rebuilding? On the one hand, if we are rebuilding, it makes sense to get as many veterans as possible out of here, including veteran middle relievers. On the other hand, do you want your young players in an environment where they are terribly overmatched day after day? Those last 5-6 weeks of last season were pretty chastening for me. I would not want to watch that kind of baseball for 162 games, and I doubt the players would want to play in an environment like that, either. I think there may be some minimum number of solid veterans you have to keep around to avoid having a complete debacle on your hands. If so, who are they?
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    Orange Throat?

    It would be pretty funny if this blog was about some other team entirely.
  5. Feel free to change the thread title to "reassigned." My main point was that this move was dislclosed here a couple of weeks ago. I wish I could remember who reported it.
  6. I forget who reported a few weeks ago that Scott McGregor was getting demoted, but Roch confirms it today: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/roch/blog/2007/12/this_and_that_32.html
  7. Frobby

    Orange Throat?

    I've racked my brain for who this could be, and I can't come up with it. Some of the biopgraphical information must have been invented to protect this guy.
  8. I thought I had read that the Orioles had reached agreement with a bunch of minor league FA's but were waiting until after the Rule 5 draft to make them official. Since the Rule 5 draft was just last Thursday, maybe we'll hear about a bunch of signings this week.
  9. I think there will be some fan backlash, but nothing really all that significant. Even casual fans know that Brian Roberts has never been part of a winning team here, and that the team needs to be dramatically recast.
  10. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baseball/bal-sp.maese07dec07,0,2259424.column I thought this deserved its own thread. Nice job by Maese digging up numerous past quotes from Gibbons and showing his hypocrisy. I'm glad Jay acknowledged what he did and is going to accept the penalty without further maneuvering. His "medical excuse," however, is laughable, and just a further emabarassment. The article does point out, though it sort of glosses over it, that Jay and his wife also have been active members of the community who have done a lot of good things. I think this has to be considered in judging the whole man. It doesn't excuse what he did, but it allows me to forgive him after he's served him penalty.
  11. Yes, for three reasons: 1. He's giving MacPhail more autonomy than the prior GM's. 2. The team is losing and he needs to do something. 3. We tried to sign Roberts for longer last winter and he would only commit to 2 years, so we know he's gone after 2009 unless the team improves greatly. As to Murton, he is nothing great but he is a big upgrade over what we've had in LF the last several seasons. His best years should be in front of him. If he's the second piece in a three-piece offer, that's not bad.
  12. Not too any people outside of Baltimore would put Teixeira in the category of a superstar. He's very, very good, but not quite in the perennial all-star category.
  13. I don't see the Dodgers giving up that much. The Angels deal may be doable. The Cubs deal looks fair but not sure it'll happen that way.
  14. Thanks for the info, Belkast. If you're happy about the winter meetings, then I'm happy. As to last night, I'll go read the rants section.
  15. Nobody can argue that the team has done a good job on the trade front over the last 10 years. But it is very important to be dealing from strength. Look at Detroit. They acquired Cabrera and Willis because they had the bargaining chips to do it. Look at how we view the teams making offers for Bedard. The Mets desperately want him, but can't get him because their farm system just ain't that great. Meanwhile, the Dodgers could probably come up with 4 or 5 different combinations that would work for us and still leave them with a boatload of talent in the minors. But they aren't sure they want to, because their talent is so good that they might be better off just keeping it. In the last 10 years, how many really good prospects have the Orioles traded away? Virtually none, and yet our top-tier talent in the minors is middle of the pack at best and the homegrown talent on the ML roster is minimal.
  16. The number one reason the organization has sucked for the last 10 years is drafting, acquisition of foreign players and player development. On a scale of 1 to 100, that reason is 100 and poor trading is about a 12. If you don't have talent in your organization, you aren't going to fool too many teams into just giving it to you in trades.
  17. Correct. And while I don't "forgive" Gibbons, nor do I think this makes him the anti-Christ. I'm just glad he will be able to put the issue behind him, both for his sake and the team's. I'm fully prepared to hear that other Orioles also were users of banned substances.
  18. Well, that will leave a gaping hole in your day. Perhaps you can take up Sodoku. In the other thread, you said there weren't any deals known to be on the table that you would take. It's not for lack of trying on AM's part. If he decided nothing was going to happen until a little time passed, I have no problem with his decision to leave.
  19. Maybe he left Mike Flanagan down there to close some deals. Seriously? Sometimes the best thing you can do in a negotiation is walk away from the table for a few days. I'd think you'd know that in your line of work.
  20. Well, we come away with Guillermo Quiroz and Randor Bierd. Not quite what most of us had in mind. But there is still time to get some things done.
  21. Why, are the players we acquire going to get more experience between now and Feb. 15? We trade these guys when we feel we are getting good value in exchange. Not before. We don't necesarily wait because we think we might get a better deal by waiting, but if the players offered don't provide enough long term value, you turn down the offers and wait it out.
  22. I was going to post something similar. Roberts doesn't really have blazing speed, but he's very smart.
  23. The 18 HR's was a fluke, mostly driven by one insane month, April, where he hit 8 HR's. His next highest monthly total in his career is 4, which he only has attained twice, neither of which was in 2005, BTW. I feel the "real" BRob you will see for the next 3-4 years is basically the 2006 version on the low end and the 2007 version on the high end. 2005 isn't going to happen again, but neither is 2001-04.
  24. I like his numbers, and he always has had good command. But most imporantly, RANDOR BIERD! Now that is a name I can get behind. I think middle relief is a great place for Rule 5 talent. Good choice.
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