Any obligation to keep the team respectable? in Orioles Talk Posted December 10, 2007 I had a similar variation on this question.It's easy to argue that of all the problems the O's had last year, none was bigger than the bullpen. And a lot of the snowball effect you saw last year was attributable to winnable games being turned into losses by a parade of overmatched and ineffective relievers coughing up runs by the bushel. So my question is, is it at all plausible for MacPhail to make an already awful bullpen even worse, by trading guys like Bradford and Walker and replacing them with other young and/or cheap "upside" guys with major questionmarks? The "blow it up" crowd will say, yes, and who cares how many games you lose in '08, etc. But I'm not sure that is a plausible approach to running a ballclub, even a rebuilding one. I think you stated the issue better than I did.