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  1. They did it so the top prospects could still be developed. I don't think they ever seriously anticipated having to field half of a team of these guys or more. Otherwise, more AA/AAA guys would have been added instead of first round picks from this year's draft.
  2. This is a PTBNL, its not like he's trading Manny Machado here. I don't know what you are expecting, especially with the goal already being stated to build a sustainable farm and bring the analytics into the 21st century.
  3. If I recall correctly, Angelos did not agree with the labor aspect of signing what is essentially young kids, which is why we steered clear of Latin American amateur signings for the most part. It was also why he never had an issue with signing free agents from Japan or Korea. Honestly, the system, while it is capped now, is hopeless broken and some sort of draft should be established. This is like high school recruiting, but instead of recruiting 16-18 year olds, it's recruiting 11-12 year olds. Even our best international signing, Jonathan Schoop, happened a bit differently than what you normally see happen.
  4. Gotta say, I agree with this. The Marlins are in a tough situation, and one of their top prospects Isan Diaz just opted out of the season. I want to wait and see the return we get here as well, but even without that, some are overrating Bleier a tad. Which is fine, we always overrate our own players, especially the few who are good or we have an attachment to Some advanced metrics do not indicate he should have had the success that ERA showed, and that even works in reverse last year where his ERA was higher than FIP and xFIP. He's a 33 year old lefty who is soft-tossing, and doesn't strike out a lot of people. That doesn't carry a lot of value, especially after a rough 2019,
  5. Madrigal came up yesterday too and was in their starting lineup. That one week made all of the difference for their development.
  6. Look at the blueprint from the Cubs, Astros, Reds and I am sure I am leaving out a few other teams. Elias from the start has said he is going to do the rebuild right. He doesn't owe anyone an explanation for trading a 33 year old reliever who had a bloated ERA last year. He's not going to be a part of the winning team in 2023 onward, so why should it matter? For how we did not have a proper farm, development, or analytics system, I will take tanking right now to ensure that those areas are brought up to par with the "good" teams in MLB. I want a system like the Astros or Dodgers that sustains itself. I don't want to stink for so long, have 4-5 years of competitive baseball and then be left with a horrible farm so we have to do this all over again.
  7. I don’t think Zobrist but I definitely see Carlos Santana but with the ability to stick at catcher, third and left.
  8. After a team just had 11 (or more) players test positive for covid, I think they want as much flexibility as possible in case something similar happens to them.
  9. Nope, it goes by record the previous year if multiple teams claim him. Folty was an ace back in 2018 but that's been his only great season. He's had a smattering of average performances. I think he's better to have on the roster than journeymen like Milone or Leblanc though, and would be a decent reclamation project. He will be 29 in October, so he may not be a piece to fit long-term with the core but he would be a good buy low candidate who we could flip at the 2021 deadline.
  10. I agree with keeping politics out of the site. Sports are a diversion for many people, and while I recognize that they also have a role in social issues at times, I do agree with keeping it off the forum. I am part of a forum for the NFL that has the same no politics rule that I help moderate, and it's made that site much more fun for me than other sites in the past where we allowed politics to be discussed. On that site, I moderate the Washington Football forum. I am a diehard fan- I've survived Snyder to this point, my uncle played and coached for the team and caught touchdown passes from Sammy Baugh, and my most fond memories as a kid are attending games with my family. I'm trying to lead that community through a tough change, all the while questioning how I personally feel about all of the change happening at one time.......plus everything else going on in life. I still haven't made the decision on what I'm doing with my fanhood, but I am going to give it a year to see how I feel about the team and how things go. That would be my suggestion to Tony, and anyone else having an issue with MLB right now. This site is positioned as a unique forum for Orioles fans and discussion and I would hate to see it go away.
  11. It's ridiculous but look in the lens of what is happening in society right now. We've gone beyond taking down confederate civil war statues and are going after other statues for racist things that the founding founders did (such as owning slaves) as well as Christopher Columbus. I figured the Cowboys and Rangers would join the Braves, Chiefs and Indians on the chopping block. Cowboys worked the "free" land as westward expansion happened. Rangers helped round up and kill countless Natives. Changing the Washington team name is going to cause quite a ripple effect through sports names.
  12. Sounds like it's the Redskins doctors diagnosing this versus the Peter Angelos specialists. Maybe that's how we are cutting costs now.
  13. I think the deferred money happening today is a flat rate without interest, at least that's what I've gotten from the contracts that the Nationals have given out. Teams learned from the Madoff gaffe here.
  14. Figured that this thread would be the best place to post this. The Rockies are letting their STH'ers opt into attending a limited number of games.
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