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  1. This wasn’t intended to be click-baity. Connolly literally wrote that sources told him as follows: “According to multiple sources, last winter Elias gave his talent evaluators the directive to keep a discerning scouting eye on players with unwieldy contracts to see if they have anything left in the tank. Because he believed back then that he could take on money in mid-2019 or 2020 if it meant adding a top prospect or two in tandem.” I thought it was worthy of posting for people to view. I don’t really start topics and I’ll refrain from doing so again in the future.
  2. Correct. It doesn’t. I tried to write this in a way that made clear that Connolly is hypothesizing. For example he also wrote: “The best guess here is that Orioles’ ownership has tied Elias’ hands on boosting payroll even if the move ultimately helps replenish a farm system that is desperately trying to improve.“ I only posted the article because it appears that some posters have theorized about such trades and/or signing free agents for more than Karns received last year. I do not think this will happen and this article tends to support that (while acknowledging that much of it is Connolly’s opinion and conjecture). I thought that it was at least relevant, but perhaps not.
  3. In his latest article, Connolly looks at the Cozart trade and reports that multiple sources confirm that Elias gave his talent evaluators the directive to looks at players on bad contracts because he believes that he could take on salary in mid-2019 or 2020 to acquire prospects. Based on the Cozart deal and Elias’ response to questions about taking on salary, he believes that Elias does not have the authority to do so. Specifically, he theorizes that because they completed the Bundy trade with the Angels, the O’s could’ve added Cozart to the deal and gotten Wilson or a similar more highly touted prospect. It’s an interesting theory and I think a lot of people would like to see the Orioles use this tactic to acquire talent, but it sounds like Connolly doesn’t believe the Orioles will do so because of budgetary issues. This, he questions how much control Elias actually has to implement his vision https://theathletic.com/1451254/2019/12/11/connolly-a-trade-not-made-makes-you-wonder-how-much-mike-elias-hands-are-tied-by-orioles-financial-constraints/ Here’s a few things Connolly mentions: “When Elias joined the Orioles last November, John and Louis Angelos, who have taken over club decisions from their father, publicly stated that Elias would have the financial resources to do what was necessary to turn the ship around. ... But when asked Tuesday night if he had the rubber-stamp approval to take on a bad contract/prospect combo, Elias said that would be approached on a case-by-case basis. ‘It would have to be something that we would take to (ownership),’ Elias said. ‘But it’s not something that I would say we’re actively out there chasing down.’ You can read that two ways. Ownership has not given Elias the OK to absorb hefty contracts, no matter the reasoning, and probably wouldn’t. Or Elias isn’t particularly interested in conducting that type of business. I’m not buying the latter. Elias has been too consistent in his message about leaving no talented stone unturned to ignore that boulder.”
  4. I’m really going to miss Dylan and thought this was a nice note (particularly given that he’s out of the country).
  5. It’s too bad Dan’s not a GM anymore. Maybe we could’ve gotten a replacement level outfielder, an extremely projectable LH pitcher, and a comp pick (I suppose the projectable left hander is possible, but my guess is this was mostly a salary dump).
  6. I think this move also illustrates why Elias has consistently said the rebuilds are not always linear and you can take a step forward, then a few steps back. Villar might have been the team’s best player last year, but I’m sure if Houston had a similarly situated player (I understand that Villar was in Houston’s organization at that point), Lunhow and the management team would have done the same thing with the similarly situated player. At any rate, Kumar Rocker (or whoever is at the top of the 2021 draft) will mean much more to the organization in 2024 than a 33 year old Villar would.
  7. Has Elias ever called it a 5 year plan? My recollection is that he has been unwilling to place a timeframe on how long it will take because he is attempting to build sustained success.
  8. I hope you are right about some of the young pitchers in the upper minors. I wasn’t really talking about salary pushing Bundy down the depth chart because that is more of a reason to non-tender Dylan given where the organization is in the rebuild. In terms of the pitchers you referenced, I would be moderately surprised if more than one of them exceeds Bundy’s current 6.2 bWAR after 4 seasons as a starting pitcher in MLB. It seems that Lowther, Wells, and Zimmerman will need to be perfect, Sedlock has real issues with injuries, command after those injuries (based on what others have said), and seems suited for relief if anything in MLB, and Akin seems like a back of the rotation guy who might be better suited for relief. I’m omitting Means because he’s currently on the team. That leaves Baumann who I like (but needs a 3rd pitch) and Kremer who Tony wasn’t high on at all this year until after his last start (and seemed to be more performance than tools that project). I’m not convinced any will perform as well as Bundy, which is admittedly mediocre, through 4 seasons as a starter. Nevertheless, I hope you’re right and think that the guys in the low minors have a much better chance to surpass Bundy if they can remain healthy.
  9. Which minor league pitchers do you think will push him down the depth chart and will any of those pitchers arrive before Bundy qualifies for free agency?
  10. In his last 5 at bats, Renato Nunez has 5 hits for a 1.000/1.000/1.200/2.200 slash line. The approximate 62 at bat cold streak must be over!
  11. Jake Zebron. Based on what I’ve read, he can touch the mid-90s. If I remember correctly, @Luke-OH said that he at least had the makings of a solid curveball. I’m hoping the velocity ticks up so he sits around the mid-90s and the secondaries improve. I loved the video I’ve seen and think there’s something in there.
  12. Here’s where I’m at: I go to a lot of games, so I like seeing him play because he’s one of the few legit major leaguers on the roster. I know people think he makes boneheaded plays, but he’s 5 runs above average on the bases and he should finish around 2.5 WAR. However, if he is projected to get $7 million in arbitration, that’s probably too much given that the difference between 48 and 50 wins is meaningless (unless the extra 2 cost the team a better pick). So, I guess I’m saying it’s nice to have a major league player on the team, but I’d probably non-tender him given his projected arbitration cost.
  13. Why do you think that they selected predominantly college players? Do you think it was due to unfamiliarity or concerns with the current scouting in the organization, because there is more data available on college players, or something else?
  14. Britt got the Manny interview. If you have a subscription to the Athletic, it’s worth your time. Manny reflects on the emotions of returning to Baltimore and the lack of love he felt from management because they didn’t talk to him about an extension after they said they’d call. Manny also says that it was a common theme with the organization because Nick and Adam also wanted to stay. He also indicates that he thought they could’ve let him know he was going to be moving across the country to LA rather than letting him be in limbo. For example, Manny said the following: “There was a lot of situations (in the past) where we reached out, and we wanted to stay there, and they kept saying, ‘Hey, yeah, we’re going to call you back. And we’re going to talk.’ And we’re still waiting for that call. That just sums up the whole summary of why I said that (to SI). It had nothing to do with the fans. I loved the fans. It was unbelievable playing in front of those guys every single night and day. They were always there cheering us on. Whether we were sucking or balling out, it didn’t matter; they supported us through everything.” https://theathletic.com/1042595/2019/06/23/baltimore-will-always-have-a-piece-of-my-heart-on-eve-of-his-return-to-charm-city-manny-machado-reflects/
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