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  1. The Orioles will have about the lowest payroll in baseball this year and they can't afford to pay coaches or broadcasters?! Bro, sell the team. Cash out for yourselves and stop embarrassing the city. Why would you own a baseball team if you can't pay for baseball players? Or even coaches and broadcasters? By 2022, all games will be day games since we can't afford to turn the lights on. No TV either, only a radio broadcast done by a local high school Radio Club. Players must bring quarters to the stadium to wash their uniforms in the locker room. The groundskeepers will be replaced by me and my push lawnmower.
  2. The options as I see them: 1. Play someone who is unqualified to be a ML SS (i.e. Valaika, Martin) 2. Sign Freddy Galvis or re-sign Alberto to play SS. (not Profar) 3. Move Sanchez to SS (square peg, round hole as OP said) and let Valaika/Urias/Bannon fight it out for 2B. Door #2 is clearly the best to me, but it also costs money so we'll see.
  3. Valaika could be a utility guy, but he doesn't play good defense anywhere. Plus, he's arbitration eligible and his career OPS+ is still 72 even after last year. I'm not a believer, and I doubt Mike gives him a million dollars. DFA and minor league contract to compete with Urias next year is most likely. I'm still naively hoping that Sanchez, Iglesias, and Alberto are 2B/3B/SS next year. There are Tom Eshelmans on the waiver wire at any point during the season. His 2.42 HR/9 isn't a fluke, he just doesn't have ML stuff. Fair point about Ruiz. He is who he is: an above average 3B defender with a weak bat. But you're right that he probably stays on over the winter.
  4. I would like to note that there is a whole lot of room on the 40 man roster. Including Mancini and Martin, there are currently 35. But I don't expect Eshelman, Ruiz, and Nunez to be on for long. Plenty of other guys (i.e. Valaika, Wynns, Sulser) could get axed as well. 6 guys could get added without a problem. That still leaves room for waiver claims, our own Rule 5 picks, a FA signing or two, etc.
  5. Mason McCoy types from the looks of them.
  6. Good glove at 3B, too. And under team control for 2 years. I really like this waiver claim. The Orioles have no ML-ready prospects at 2B/3B/SS. Yet, they can have an actually good infield with Alberto, Sanchez, and Iglesias for ~7-8M combined. I hope they don't cut Alberto. The payroll is already looking to come in around 50M next year which is pathetically low no matter what revenue was lost this year.
  7. I am surprised that Eshelman didn't get cut with this group.
  8. There's no one left that Mike is interested in. He's already traded for every shortstop born from 2002-2004 in the Dominican Republic.
  9. I think a case could be made for Adam Hall being in the 10-12 range. I'm interested to read why he's fallen so far in your rankings.
  10. How different would the game be if the strike zone was a constant? Maybe the current strike zone of the average height player (6'1). Would Jose "Buzzer" Altuve (5'6) be able to compete? Would Aaron Judge (6'7) have a huge advantage?
  11. It's kind of crazy how baseball adjusts the strike zone to the player's height, isn't it? I can't think of another sport where the official rules vary based on the player's height.
  12. Matt Swartz at MLBTradeRumors has made some predictions about arbitration eligible cases around the league. Below are his projections for the Orioles: Hanser Alberto – $2.3MM Shawn Armstrong – $800K Trey Mancini – $4.8MM Renato Nunez – $2.1MM Anthony Santander – $1.7MM Pedro Severino – $1.4MM I don't expect Mancini to go to arbitration, I would guess they work something unique out with him. Nunez is likely gone, but it will be interesting to see if they can work out a trade for him. I speculated that a team would give up a Cadyn Grenier level prospect for him, but many believed that he's destined for a DFA. I would like the team to keep Alberto. I'd be disappointed if they can't afford $2M for a ML caliber infielder next year.
  13. I prefer the Andino/Flaherty mold of flexible, glove-first utility guys, but it's nice to read that about Urias. I wonder if he'll make the team over Valaika next year.
  14. "Can’t come to Baltimore without being reminded of what a cool stadium Camden is, especially when it’s packed with fans. Nothing like hearing 30,000+ @Orioles fans yell O during the National anthem. Always a fun time" - Trevor Bauer, today I think this is part of a bit he's doing where he tweets about teams to stir fans up about his free agency. He's done it with the Yankees, Nats, Padres, and Red Sox recently. Still nice to read though.
  15. I'm still a big fan of Manny. Everyone is assuming he's mad at the guy for celebrating, but they have no idea what he's mad about. I heard a reporter say the pitcher was pointing at Tatis and yelling something, and Machado was sticking up for his guy.
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