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kyleott last won the day on July 24 2012

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  1. Let's introduce him to Mr. Anderson this offseason.
  2. No, but at a certain point you have to look at what the players leaving would be taking with them. Markakis and Hardy are two of the most consistent players on the entire roster -- in a sense, while Jones is the vocal leader, they are the model of the "Oriole Way." They go about their business as professionals, and you have to think that rubs off on those around them. If I were forced to choose between Hardy and Markakis, it would be Nick. Ironically, for all the flak his extension got, it ended up being somewhat fair value. If we were to sign him for 3-years, $33 million -- I'm happy. The decision for Nick over J.J. is due to Nick being arguably our best OBP asset at the present time, so for a team looking to trend forward in that department, it would be foolish to cast away such a productive hitter. Not crazy about losing Hardy's defense and bat, but if his price tag is too high (which is likely, due to the dearth of quality production at short) then you can work around that. Machado has the instincts and first step to play shortstop, and I would be lying if I said it hasn't always intrigued me. For designated hitter, what is Cruz going to cost? 3-years, $45 million? No thank you. I would much prefer the QO route and piece the DH together around Delmon. He has actually hit righties better than lefties, so no need to platoon. Delmon could be had for so much less money, and as Cruz is entering his age-35 season and Young his age-29... So, no, I'm not Peter Angelos. But I'm realistic in the sense that we are still operating within Peter Angelo's landscape. We won't all of a sudden start ponying up $100+ million dollar contracts because we won the division -- we are clearly trying to take the route of allocating resources throughout the organization. So, yes, I could see Alvarez, Urrutia, Lough, and others competing for a spot in some capacity. They would gladly take a cost-controlled player proving himself over a longterm risk. As we have seen, the Orioles have specialized in stockpiling low-risk investments -- you know the saying, eventually, some of it will stick to the wall. I would consider moving Davis to LF and starting Christian Walker. His advanced approach is something that we have talked about needing more of -- why not? He has hit at every level. Our holes would then be at 3B/2B (depending on Schoop) and LF/1B, and this allows more flexibility in finding an option that fits into the puzzle. As I said before, Michael Cuddyer's bat would look very nice in this lineup. He can play 1B and LF, and while he isn't a great defender, we have done alright for ourselves with Cruz/Young in LF at times. As for 3B, I don't think Sandoval is a smart investment. Headley, depending on his price, could be alright. Again, part of the problem is there aren't any options out there that are appealing longterm. Davis at third is still an option, as well. The Orioles' players are versatile fielders -- we will use it to our advantage.
  3. Cuddyer would look great in this lineup on a two-year deal or something. But that being said, it seems like our internal options are the most realistic and feasible. Delmon > Cruz at DH for what they'll cost, and I'll take the comp pick.
  4. That article also mentioned his changeup surpassing his curveball in quality. Didn't specify whether the changeup has improved markedly, however he has struggled finding a consistent release point on his curve thus far.
  5. Completely agree that Keuchel is more valuable. But I don't necessarily feel as though it isn't the difference between Hader+Hoes and Rodriguez+Walker+Glynn Davis, or something like that.
  6. They wanted the same for Norris; that doesn't mean a deal couldn't be arranged with pieces around Rodriguez, who was a top-100 prospect.
  7. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/dallas-keuchel-who-can-no-longer-be-ignored/ This was an article on Fangraphs from late May about Keuchel's sudden ascent. Count me as someone who believes his improvements are for real. He has apparently pinpoint command of his sinker, and that is something that plays well with our defense obviously. As for his down stretch in June-July, that was attributed to a golf-ball sized fluid growth on his wrist. If we don't have to get rid of Harvey, Gausman or Bundy, I'm all for it. Ed-Rod is expendable for Keuchel through 2018.
  8. Just curious: do people think it will be a gradual progression towards a better Schoop, or could it be an "ah-ha" moment? In other sports, you will often hear the adage, "the game slowed down," is this something that applies to baseball?
  9. kyleott

    Hunter Harvey, stud

    Really interesting read, thanks for sharing. Seems like the first scouting report was meant to be the conservative side of the conversation, and if the worst thing Harvey projects as is a no. 3 starter who can flash no. 2 ability, then sign me up. For the record, I tend to think his fastball will sit at the 70 level when it is all said and done. Depends on the velocity of course, but for all the praise about his frame adding weight, one would think something has to uptick a bit.
  10. Can't really think of a good reason to sit Cruz other than getting Pearce some time. Which I disagree with. Field your best lineup.
  11. After rewatching the ninth inning, I am going to both agree and disagree. It appeared to me that Tommy had three separate pitches that clocked at 90+, and they all moved differently. He had a 4 seamer that touched 99 but was straight. He had a 2 seamer that tailed arm side, similar to Johnson, that touched 95. And he had a cutter that ran glove side in on lefties that was around 93. The issue was the times and way he used them. First of all, there should never be a straight fastball down the middle of the plate to anybody, especially Pedroia. Second, he was experimenting in the top of the zone again, which we have seen lead to trouble. That being said, if he is controlling which pitch with which movement he throws, I don't see why he couldn't be successful. But he might be smart to scrap the straight fastball altogether. He seemed to favor the 2 seamer to lefties, which I didn't quite understand. The cutter would saw off hitters more where the 2 seamer could run up the barrel. I am very much conflicted on Hunter. He showed some good things, but didn't answer the questions we had. I think that he got pretty lucky with Ortiz and Bradley, and if you leave pitches up in the zone in the 9th -- especially straight ones -- it's a recipe for disaster.
  12. I've got high hopes. A former first overall pick in seemingly peak shape has to be worth something.
  13. Maybe they're trying to strategically figure out the best time to carry him on the roster for 90 days. One would think the beginning of the season
  14. The only problem is, we don't have Ed Reed roaming centerfield. He masked a lot of the would-be growing pains for Landry. Much easier to perform when you have an all time great next to you.
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