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  1. I think this is all serious stuff, and players have been too lax in their behavior. But to my knowledge the virus is much more likely to be passed around within a team versus between teams, ie on chartered flights and in the dugouts and crowded locker rooms. The virus doesn't spread from surfaces too badly, especially as compared to as compared to being in close quarters without a mask, and it won't be too bad on the field where there's open air. But it only takes one person on a team to catch it for them to spread it across the roster if the team isn't taking enough precautions. This has to be a wake up call because otherwise this season will be over sooner rather than later.
  2. Say we accept Villar doesn't fit into the current timeline and his talent is useless to us. They still could've kept him and then waited for a decent deal. If they never got a nice offer, then nothing lost except for some modest money to pay a good baseball player. The risk is nothing and there's a potential for some return. I have to think they're incompetent or just want to spend as little money as possible.
  3. Roch says Hays is going to be playing in extended spring training games this week, and if healthy could be starting in CF right now. If he hits well, it might not be too long. June?
  4. Tom Murphy, power hitting catcher prospect, got DFA'd by the Giants. I know he seems like a potential AAAA guy but his milb stats are elite and I read some really glowing articles about his work ethic and attitude from some Colorado guys.
  5. I'm going to miss Adam Jones. It might have been time for him to leave but I didn't like how he was basically pushed out. In any case, good luck to Adam Jones in Arizona!
  6. I really hate this post and line of thinking. You've just invented that he's not putting his full effort into baseball, simply based on the fact that it's reported he wants to oversee his charity for the rest of the season. Why does being involved in helping people prevent him from being a good locker room guy and a hard worker? He just turned 33 and has very consistently maintained the same BA/OBP for a good decade. There's been no indication that he's anything but dedicated, so why even pursue this line of thinking? Adam Jones is a human being first, not a commodity. We can all agree that he's earned his right to veto a trade and stay in the city, to not uproot his life for 3 months of playing for some other team he doesn't know. But apparent'y we can't agree on whether the guy who's been a model Oriole for 11 seasons should be chased out of town, or questioned for not wanting to be sold off. Do you really covet a PTBNL that badly? I know some people might be excited about this rebuild, but calm yourselves down. If Adam won't take a spot in the corner outfield for us next season, or if we just aren't interested in him period, then we won't re-sign him, and he'll move on. That's fine. But there's no need to fall over ourselves trying to make that happen today, or to question his commitment to his work because he doesn't want to be sold off in the middle of the year.
  7. How is that a really good return? Look at Schoop, he's an MLB-established strong second baseman with over a year of team control.
  8. I'd kind of like to get Myles Straw thrown into a deal with the Astros, even though he's an outfielder. It would be fun having a terror on the basepaths like that, who can also hit and get on base. 51 SB already this year.
  9. It was pretty lonely as the sole Outstanding vote, but I see some others have now joined me in my optimism. I of course took into account the context, that this is a half season rental, and given that, I really like the return. We got a top 100 guy, maybe pushing about 50th the next time there's a prospect rankings update. He doesn't strike out, he's young, and he's succeeding in AA. And then a whole mass of secondary pieces! Maybe they're not all as highly regarded, but for the most part they come with some intrigue and up-side. This Deanie Baby guy is putting up 14K/9. I'm not qualified enough to rate the physical tools on all these guys but just looking at the numbers there's a lot to like.
  10. More threads for big developments is good. Otherwise someone would post this on page 345 of the other thread, and within minutes the thread would be 350 pages, and nobody visiting the board would ever be able to find the information.
  11. There was a thread on the fantasy baseball reddit full of people panicking about Shane Bieber due to the rumor the Orioles were interested in him. Just pulled the link for entertainment purposes :
  12. I really thought the team would be better this season, which also made me think the Cashner/Cobb deals were good moves to shore up the rotation on a contending team. But we are so far away from that now, and our one big long-term contract is committed to the worst player in baseball. I would be much more invested in the team if they'd just completely sell off all assets at this point and begin to bring in interesting young guys whose development I can throw myself into supporting. Spin off Manny, Gausman, and Bundy for the biggest hauls you can get. If Cobb to sort himself out, trade him too. It's time, because all hope for the current makeup of the team is lost.
  13. They think they're so smart, but this will backfire when Buck bats Chris Davis leadoff.
  14. The giant gap in the 5th spot of the rotation is a problem, but I like the rest of the staff and think Cobb should start putting things together after a few more starts. Still, until he gets going that's 2 out of 5 games that are gonna be long shots before the opening pitch is even thrown, so the hole is just going to get deeper. And at a certain point, the team will probably become sellers. If we end up trading Manny, this woeful looking offense is going to be even worse. I'm actually not even all that pessimistic about this team, but I think it'll be a little while before they can get any sort of winning streak going, and I also think the door is gonna shut before the season is over, so the chances of getting back to .500 might be slim.
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