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Everything posted by CheeryO

  1. True, but it's a balancing act. What if the O's had traded Machado, Markakis, Tillman or Britton? If they had then they most likely never would have sniffed the playoffs over the past 5-6 years.
  2. Maybe, but should they considering their budget, what Manny will cost and the fact that they aren't close to competing? Considering the O's are the worst team in the league this year (ok maybe second worst) why would Manny stay?
  3. The only kind of organization that can keep a player like Manny is a successful one. As long as the Orioles have one or two years of success for every 4 or 5 years of losing then they'll most likely be forced to trade their very best players.
  4. Somebody may have already said it, but just put Davis in the bullpen.
  5. I forgot about the Bad News Bears. That movie is very dated -- can't imagine kids looking or acting like that today -- but still a great movie. Walter Matthau in the right role was the best.
  6. Comrades of Summer is a good one. I met the writer of that film once or twice a long time ago -- I think the same guy who wrote Saving Private Ryan believe it or not.
  7. Eight Men Out (excellent film about the 1919 Black Sox -- great cast with John Cusack, John Mahoney, Charlie Sheen, David Straithairn, etc) Pride of the Yankees (about Lou Gehrig, starring Gary Cooper) Major League
  8. Really, you can't just cut Davis or even not play him just two months into the season. Yes his contract his terrible, but you have to view it for now as a horrendous slump. If he's like this all year and then into the beginning of next, then you have to wonder about cutting him or trading him for another bad contract. But it's not like any changes the Orioles make this year will make them into a contender -- maybe not even for next season. All you can hope for is that they somehow compete for .500 at some point. The idea to trade Davis with Machado is a bad one, unless the organization is desperate, and I mean desperate, to get rid of his contract. Better to get some decent talent for Machado and figure how to deal with Davis next year. And better to let Showalter and Angelos wallow in the misery of having to watch Davis bat all season and remember that they pushed for his current contract.
  9. Everything about the Orioles has been an otherwise harsh lesson for Angelos. Angelos will be dead before he realizes that he was made to chase ambulances and not pennants. We can only hope his sons come to the same realization soon and decide to sell the team.
  10. Uh, Erik Bedard for Adam Jones and Chris Tillman? Koji Uehara for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter? Few teams were better at capitalizing on trades than the Orioles under Andy MacPhail. Anyone could easily argue the main, maybe the only, reason the Orioles nearly made it to the WS in 2014 was because the good trades this team made at the time. But MacPhail had it easier than Duquette because it's much easier to trade very good players when your team is bad than it is to trade for very good players when your team is good.
  11. I said pretty much the same thing in an earlier post, but the more I think about it the Dodgers have to be the most desperate team in baseball. All bets are off with the Dodgers to win after failing to make the WS for 29 years and then losing it in game 7 when they do. If any team starts to make moves that are out of character it wouldn't surprise me if it were the Dodgers.
  12. It's a preview of your 2019 Orioles -- life without Manny -- only also life without any of the top prospects the O's could have trade Manny for but didn't.
  13. A healthy Seager, yes. But he's going to have TJ surgery, which could take some time to recover from. There's also the risk he'll never be the same player when he does come back. Either way before you know it Seager will be quite a bit more expensive.
  14. Kind of what you expect him to say. He's not going to tip his hand. And it may be that even if the Orioles are ready to trade today other teams might want to move more slowly.
  15. I disagree because Manny is off to an MVP type season this year, which is somewhat surprising.
  16. I was thinking the same thing though obviously for Seager and some other players since Seager is out for the season. But I think there is a rule against trading players on the DL.
  17. I don't see the Dodgers trading for Machado. It's not their style with that GM. They like to hang on to prospects. Also, they're off to a bad start, mostly due to a weak bullpen. The O's will be lucky to get their best deal with the Dodgers on a mere rental in a year where it looks like the Dodgers are better off working to improve their bullpen, hope for the best, and then gear up more for next year.
  18. I can't see why the Yankees would want Manny the way Didi is hitting.
  19. You're not a fan of Alex Cobb? Personally I like Lee J Cobb.
  20. Oh my God it would be awesome if the Angelos family sold the Orioles. Don't get our hopes up. Of course it would depend on who the buyer is too.
  21. Not that the Orioles ever get lucky, but with a little luck maybe this Hunter Harvey kid can find a good, healthy season in the minors and have something to give the O's midway through the season.
  22. I kind of agree. Presumably it's much easier to trade away good veterans when you're the GM of a loser than it is to trade for good veterans when you're the GM of a contender -- which is why it's unfair to compare Duquette to Andy Macphail -- like everyone always does. Duquette made some very good moves with Boston, just prior to and just the contender level. But it does feel like Duquette's run of good luck with trades in Boston has turned on him here. And it does feel like some of his trades and signings here have been reckless bordering on desperate. Still, I think the specter of Angelos has made it a lot harder for him to do here (at least the last couple of years) than what he did in Boston. I blame the recklessness more on the Angelos factor than on Duquette's overall skills.
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