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  1. Strong article here from Dan and strong words from Adam. AJ is right - there was no reason to boo the man. He's exercising a contractual right that the O's willingly agreed to. Booing here just indicates fans that are uninformed.
  2. You have info, or just a hunch?
  3. Unless we're stupidly willing to deal Gausman or Bundy, we obviously don't have the young pitching needed to be in the conversation for Samardzija. The only way I could see it working is by getting a 3rd team involved, with them providing the young pitching the Cubs require for Wieters. Very doubtful, but I guess it could work.
  4. http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/source-99-percent-cubs-samardzija-will-be-moved-opening-day
  5. This is a fantastic summary and echoes my thoughts on the state of the Orioles almost exactly. I too am worried, as Duquette has TONS of pivotal decisions to make over the next 1-2 years on a significant core of the team: Hardy, Johnson, Davis, Wieters, Markakis. Making the right calls on these guys (who to sign and at what cost; who to trade and for what return) will almost solely determine the success or failure of the club over the next 5+ years. The farm system is improving, but it's nowhere near the point where we can replace this kind of talent and production internally. So if we're going to remain competitive, his decisions on the aforementioned 5 guys need to be "right" more often than not. One thing that we don't have knowledge of but is obviously a huge factor in these decisions is the budget. If Angelos is going to continue to require an ~$100M team, then keeping everyone mentioned above is going to be pretty much impossible. Just using very rough figures: - Jones, Davis, and Wieters you figure will require somewhere around an AAV of $15M each to retain. That's $45M for 3 players. - Hardy and Johnson will likely require AAVs of somewhere around $10M each ($20M for 2 players). That's $65M right there for 5 players, leaving you $35M to spend on the remaining 20 guys on the roster (average of $1.75M each). And this doesn't count Markakis at all, and I wouldn't at all be surprised if there's pressure from ownership to keep him. So obviously, the math just doesn't add up or even come close. So unless Duquette is allowed to spend at least $125-$135M/year in the very near future, you're pretty much forced to trade at least one of Wieters, Davis or Jones. You likely won't be able to fill out a team otherwise. So we have to hope that the budget is about to increase pretty significantly over the next 1-2 years. Otherwise, Duquette's decisions are going to be even tougher.
  6. Where do you think DD is going with the team?
  7. "The only thing that seems clear is that the team does not feel a particularly strong sense of urgency to get the front office put together before the opening of the free agent market on Thursday." "...there has been no indication the club is about to announce a replacement for former president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, and club officials are not ruling out the possibility that more candidates will be interviewed later this week." http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-1101-20111031,0,5060004.story
  8. section36

    Rasmus

    Agreed. It's just a shame when it doesn't seem that Jones is being shopped at all. You'd be selling him at possibly an all-time-high right now, in my opinion. And with only 2 years left after this one, I'm not sure I want Jones tied up in a long-term deal. If it were me, he'd be my top trade chip right now, looking to get 3-4 young pieces back to help build the upper levels of the system.
  9. section36

    Rasmus

    Yeah, pretty much my thought exactly. Our package wins the service-time battle; the real problem is that we have no other good relievers to sub in for either JJ or Koji. So the more I think about it, it's hard to do a 1 to 1 comparison here between the packages, in my opinion.
  10. section36

    Rasmus

    SG -- I agree it's discouraging. Would you have done a similar 3 for 1 for Rasmus? Something like Guthrie, Koji, and JJ? Seems to me like that's pretty comparable to what Toronto gave up; I'm torn on whether I'd have done that or not.
  11. section36

    Rasmus

    This. Edwin Jackson alone is obviously not enough to get Rasmus, so it's all going to depend on what other players/prospects Toronto includes. But either way, it's certainly discouraging to see a fast-acting, creative GM in our division with ownership giving him full reign to do what he wants. We obviously have neither here with MacPhail and Angelos. And while I'm of the belief that Andy is still significantly handicapped by having to get PA's approval for any major move, I still don't feel he has the skills, vision, or creativity to turn this franchise around.
  12. Just overpay slightly and get this thing done. 1 year, 10-12 million, plus an option if Lee wants.
  13. Get it done, Andy. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/2010/12/currently_at_impasse_with_laro.html
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