Going into 2009, Tillman was BA’s no. 22 prospect, Matusz no. 25, Arrieta no. 67. Britton wasn’t ranked yet but was no. 63 the next year. Brad Bergesen was the reigning Eastern League pitcher of the year. David Hernandez had led the league. In strikeouts. So, it was a more impressive group than your post suggests.
Nothing happens til it happens, but can we glean anything meaningful from what the insiders say?
”Listening to offers” means nothing. Does anyone NOT listen to offers?
However, that’s probably indicates less interest than a term like…
”Dangling.” What does that mean? Is GM A calling up GM B and saying,” hey, I got this hot guy, and he can be yours! All I need is XX.” Is GM A being coy and hitting that MAAAAAAYBE he’ll listen…?
Regardless, it probably indicates more desire to trade, but maybe not as much as…
“Eager to deal” or “seeking the best matchup” which is where GM A is calling up everyone in the Rolodex and saying,” Have I got a deal for you! AND if you ACT NOW…no? Well, how about……etc etc”
All those terms indicate at least partially dealing from a position of “I don’t have to” “I’m in no hurry” “if you don’t, someone else will,” and so on. But pity the guys who…
”Are willing to eat most of the contract…” the fools who rush in, and then find it veeeeery expensive to rush back out.. poor San Diego would be less poor if they hadn’t flung all that cash at Mr Hosmer, but they did, and he has been smiling ever since…and they..” are willing to eat most of his contract”
Anyway, where does that leave the Orioles?
We’re listening. Sure we are. Everyone listens except your cat in the backyard who doesn’t want to come in yet.
We are “dangling”…. That means we’re listening a bit more earnestly, but still it’s our call.
Nothing will happen unless it’s very good for the Bmore boys.
So let’s see what kind of horse trader Mike is, and what can he bring home in return for the shiny bauble he is dangling…
I think we are going to have to get some favorable results from our own young pitchers to improve significantly in 2022. Last year was a bottom 20% outcome in that regard compared to the range of possible outcomes from that group. If things break the other way in 2022 we could see a lot more wins. But you can’t just expect that to happen given their performance to date.