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  1. What stands out to me is that most of our rebuild will be waiting for the arms. With Hays and Mountcastle joining the O’s this year, the only building block offensive players in the system will be Rutschman and maybe Diaz or Henderson, with Rutschman moving up rapidly. We don’t want to rush Hall and Rodriguez. But it’s worth considering that the offense may be pretty decent sooner than expected. If Means and Cobb can perform reasonably well, and a few decent starters emerge from the group of Kremer, Lowther, Baumann, Bailey, Akin, and Hess, then things could trend upwards quicker than we anticipate. And I like those first three names in particular. Our system needs a few more years picking at the top of the draft, so I’m not sold that a quicker return to winning is entirely positive. But I think at the end of 2020 our attention will be on the bullpen and left side of the infield, with an eye towards being competitive sooner than we currently envision. I think once Mountcastle arrives, we’ll start looking at the rebuild differently, not as being in it’s infancy.
  2. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/12/chris-tillman-free-agent-shoulder-surgery-showcase.html Figure the O’s will send someone?
  3. I know this is going a little off the rails, but this thread prompted the question. When we do actually become participants in the free agent market again, will the new regime have to deal with the old controversy from ownership regarding pre-signing physicals? I’m not asking because I want to debate the positives and negatives, I’m just curious if Elias has had to address the subject publicly.
  4. Maybe in a King Ralph-like scenario. Is MLB planning a full league photo shoot?
  5. Edwards was clearly available. I’ll assume we kicked the tires and couldn’t make it work. He would have been a guy I’d be happy to get as we shed our few traceable parts.
  6. I’m against the move. From a fan perspective, I’m drawn to the contrast of keeping a historically awful player because of a bad contract while releasing a player because they earned a raise by their performance. From a roster perspective, is the saved payroll going to improve the team performance in 2020? Or in 2024? I’m just not seeing it.
  7. I think it’s clear they want to find a #1 type, and will. So I think our best angle is to take Myers’ contract: 1) Wil Myers/prospect 1, for Alex Cobb 2) Wil Myers/prospect 1/prospect 2 for Mychal Givens #1 clears space for Naylor and sheds a contract they have little use for in favor of a shorter contract that could turn useful if Cobb returns healthy. #2 clears space for Naylor, sheds a contract they have little use for, gives payroll space to chase a top FA pitcher, and gives them a good arm for late innings. The question is what kind of prospects are the O’s buying when they absorb that ugly Myers contract? If the O’s are interested in going this route, they’d need to do it quickly. Naturally the winter meetings are in San Diego. Note: I’m not advocating those deals. Just saying that seems our best path if we wanted to deal with San Diego. I don’t want any part of Myers, other than what he can buy us in prospects.
  8. I think there are several avenues available for a trade with San Diego, who is loaded with prospects and needs pitching 1) Make a smaller deal for a 2nd tier prospect, using Bundy and/or Givens. I’ve said before I’d love to go after Edwards at SS. It’s worth noting that their 2nd tier is on par with other teams’ first tier. 2) Trade Mancini in a 3 way deal, with pitching going to SD and prospect to Baltimore 3) Take Wil Myers’ contract off their books. It’s a bad contract and it would open up a spot for Naylor, and afford them the payroll space to bring Strasburg back home. This would bring the biggest prospect haul for Baltimore. We’re one of the few teams with plenty of payroll space. Myers’ contract would be expiring in 3 years, so he’d be off our books around the time we’d be looking to be seriously competitive. Another way to approach a Myers deal would be to swap bad contracts, Myers and prospect(s) for Cobb.
  9. Done! Here’s an excerpt from the San Diego Union Tribune: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/story/2019-08-21/padres-minor-leagues-xavier-edwards-2018-mlb-draft-lake-elsinore-storm%3f_amp=true “He’s played shortstop nearly as often as second base in a little over a year in the system, two positions manned by Tatis and Luis Urias in the majors. Below that, middle infielders Owen Miller and Ivan Castillo are among the Double-A Texas League’s top hitters, shortstop Gabriel Arias is enjoying a breakthrough season at Lake Elsinore and CJ Abrams will be nipping at Edwards’ heels as soon as he can return from his shoulder injury. Not all of those players will suit up for the Padres, who appear poised to redistribute some of their prospect wealth to bolster holes at the major league level this offseason.”
  10. I said it before, but Xavier Edwards is a guy I’d target. Completely blocked at 2B/SS by guys who are young stars and going nowhere soon. San Diego is getting close to being a monster. We’ve got have something that would tempt them.
  11. I voted AR and GR, but if I was betting real money I’d vote AR and RM.
  12. I think I heard that he's looking for a shorter term deal than the one the Nats offered, in part because he doesn't want to be earning a huge salary that his production doesn't justify near the end of his contract. When he can't produce anymore, he'll walk away from the game content. As Oriole fans, there's no way we can't respect the hell out of that.
  13. Not for 2020, but do we have anyone who would tempt San Diego to part with Xavier Edwards? Our system is a little thin on middle IF, and he is blocked at 2B/SS for years to come by Urias/Tatis.
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