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  1. I know he's more of a "retread", but he's still relatively young... what about Mike Matheny? He just turned 48 today (9/22) and has almost 600 wins to his name.
  2. Of course it turns out that in the year where we may have the #1 pick (and almost definitely a top 2 pick at this point) that there is very little top end talent in the draft. Then again, that draft is still almost a year away. And frankly, we'll probably be picking really high again in the 2020 draft.
  3. Agreed... in a shocking turn of events, we actually seem intent on rebuilding. On top of that, we're making good moves with that intent to rebuild. It's almost like our front office knows what it's doing and is being allowed to do those things.
  4. Yup... he was WAYYY ahead of that pitch.
  5. Wow... I have a faster fastball than a guy who has pitched in a Major League game!! YEAH!!!
  6. Will the lucky fan in Section 108, Row G, Seat 6 please report to the Tampa Bay dugout for a special fan promotion?
  7. No problem... now that we are about to hit the magical 30 win milestone, this thread is about over anyways.
  8. Seriously... If I'm a fan sitting in Pickles and watching the game, I'm afraid too.
  9. Yep.... and this guy is throwing pitches closer to Pickles than to home plate.
  10. Is July 27 the night? AJ with the homer and it's 8-3!!
  11. This is the way I see it. Right now, a couple of high ceiling guys aren't going to take us over the top by themselves. We need to bring in guys who have major league potential. There a real chance that we have brought in 4 or 5 guys who significantly contribute to this team in the future. While we're lacking star power too, we REALLY need to find a quantity of guys who are legitimate big leaguers. A team of a couple super stars, a couple solid players, and 2/3 filled with AAAA talent (or less) is a team that loses significantly more games than it wins. Not to mention, we're going to have high draft picks the next couple of years I would assume. There's at least a decent chance we find at least one star with those picks.
  12. Except the strategy right now isn't to find the magic trade that by itself makes us a winning organization. The strategy right now is to bring in as many legitimate future big leagues players as we can. We don't need to find the next face of the Orioles right now. We need to find more legitimate guys who can be legitimate contributors. You can't win with a team that has 2 or 3 superstars and 3-5 solid players. You need to have depth... and we're picking up quantity to build that future depth. Not every player we pick up is going to work out and contribute for the Orioles. But of the 8 guys we picked up in the Machado/Britton trades, there's a solid chance that four or five of them will make a significant contribution.... and 2 or 3 have a real chance to play a significant role for the long term (4-5 years+).
  13. I said decent, but I'd rate the haul somewhere between decent and solid. The fact is that Britton is 30 and has had his share of injuries. On the flip side, he has been pitching well this year and it's going to royally suck to see him in pinstripes. The haul was OK. We picked up a guy who could be part of the rotation for a few years and a guy who could be the future closer or set up guy. Heck, even Rogers has a chance to give us something as a SP or long reliever but at worst he's solid organizational depth. No high ceiling guys who are going to be all star reps for the Orioles or anything like that. But we picked up more future pieces. And that's what we lack right now. We're probably going to be the #1 pick in the draft next year... and maybe if we have a hot streak, we'll be third at the lowest. And we'll probably be a top 5 pick or so the following year. I know the MLB draft is more of a crapshoot than the NFL draft, but we should be able to get a couple of POTENTIAL high ceiling guys with those picks.
  14. Well, I'd say this sums up the actual haul pretty well. A B- or so prospect. Another guy who is probably a C+/C prospect and then a C level prospect. The reliever seems intriguing. We don't have any future stars in the hauls that we have brought in for Machado/Britton, but what we have done is brought in a number of guys who can develop into playing real roles in the future of the organization.... which is far more important right now. We can use our #1 pick in next year's draft to pick up our future star.
  15. That is the good news... and the good thing about the trade market is that you only have to fool one team. Salary would also likely be a concern, though perhaps a bit of a salary dump from the team that picks Britton up could be in the cards.
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